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Unfair Ticketing and Fines


Reflections on UTCC’s First Year in the Struggle for Justice

When I heard some drivers were receiving tickets at the O’Hare parking lot while they were praying in the shelter, I knew I had to do something about it, especially I after I received such a ticket. I went home and I wrote a few lines in the form of a petition to protest such action by the Aviation Officers at O’Hare. In the following two weeks, I collected 1,400 signatures and I submitted them to the Commissioner of Aviation during a meeting with city officials at O’Hare.

Incident Report form: What it is and how to use it!

We members of the UTCC have been working hard to address the many serious issues facing our Chicago cabdriver/worker community here in Chicago.

Parking While Praying

A reminder: the agreement the UTCC made with the Dept. of Aviation and Ground Transportation was that taxis who needed to park after having gone through the stamp booth would need to park beyond the pole with the yellow ribbon tied around it. We have noticed lately that some cabdrivers are not driving far enough down the lane before parking. We remind you once again that you may be liable to be ticketed if you do not drive far enough down the access road past the pole with the yellow ribbon.

REPORT: Monthly meeting with Department of Consumer Services

The United Taxidrivers Community Council is happy to report on our latest meeting with Deputy Commissioner Shelley Riedle, of the Dept. of Consumer Services. We have been holding monthly meetings for the last four or five months. The UTCC sifts through the many issues that cabdrivers bring to our attention, and we try to pick the three or four topics for discussion very carefully.

Comedy and tragedy in the life of a cabdriver

Unanswered Questions

A few months ago, I was sent to pick up a fare from Terminal 1 at O’Hare Airport. I picked up a woman with two children and lots of bags. She wanted to go the Economy Parking Lot- as we got there, she asked to be dropped of inside the gated area.

Civil remedies for cabdrivers to pursue without a lawyer

Not all wrongs done to cabdrivers need professional help. This series of articles deals with ways drivers can help themselves when they run into trouble without hunting out someone to speak for them. Even if English is a second or third language, there are places to win without assistance.

Small Claims Court

Fly-Tickets in the Stream- of Revenue

Taxi-drivers call them “fly-tickets.” They are the gift of the street cop or traffic management employee or any city designee who can’t catch you but catches your cab number. So while you may “fly by” at the time of the alleged violation, the tickets and fines that go with them ”fly” through the mail to you and catch you at home. Often, these tickets come months and months after the date of the incident. One driver I spoke to said he got two tickets in one week this last March. One was for stopping at 205 N. Michigan at 6:15 pm last May, ten months before!

Incident report form: What it is and how to use it!

To All Chicago Cabdrivers:

We members of the UTCC have been working hard to address the many serious issues facing our Chicago cabdriver/worker community here in Chicago.