Feb. 5, 2019 – An amnesty program launched this week in Oak Park will give anyone with outstanding parking citations prior to 2018 until April 4 to pay their tickets and avoid any late fees or future collection efforts.
“Amnesty is an effective way to collect a share of outstanding debt,” Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said. “But individuals benefit, too, because they can satisfy their debt at a discount and avoid future enforcement, which can escalate to collections or even vehicle booting.”
In addition to giving vehicle owners an opportunity clear their records, Pavlicek said the amnesty program also will streamline implementation of a new online parking system that will unify all vehicle-related services, including vehicle stickers and parking permits and passes. Not bringing the old files into the new system should help simplify the launch, she said.
Collection activities including booting will be suspended during the amnesty period. But once the temporary reprieve ends, any remaining unpaid parking accounts will be turned over to a collection agency to seek the full amount due, including late fees.
Booting of vehicles with five or more outstanding tickets will resume after April 4 as well. Fees for late payment can range from $30 to $70 per ticket, in addition to the original parking violation fine.
Village records indicate about 180,000 parking tickets issued in 2017 and prior are eligible for the amnesty program.
Payment will be accepted online via the current parking citation services online portal https://webservice.oak-park.us/ParkingCitation, in person at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. or via U.S. Mail to Parking Amnesty, Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302.
The online portal allows vehicle owners to search for outstanding tickets using their license plate number or a citation number. Officials say vehicle owners who pay online will be credited and the late fees waived almost immediately. Other payment options will take time to process and provide receipts.
For more information about the parking amnesty program, call 708.358.5630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.