CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s that time of year again, where parking on a city street could cost you over $200 in fines and fees.
Starting Friday, the annual winter overnight parking ban will be enforced regardless of the lack of snow, according to Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation.
“Snow can accumulate quickly during winter storms, and crews need immediate access to the city’s most vital roads to ensure that they are safe for motorists,” acting commissioner John Tully said. “Residents can help us keep the roads clear by checking the permanently posted street signs and following the posted restrictions.”
The parking ban covers 107 miles of streets throughout the city from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
DSS says it has posted flyers on cars parked on affected streets.
People parking illegally face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of up to $20 a day.
Last year, 175 people had their car towed on the first day of the ban. The city said they will be out towing Friday morning.
The winter parking ban runs through April 1st.
For more information on which streets are affected, motorists are encouraged to visit Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.