Chicago alderman renews call for crackdown on `crappy` valets - Fox 2 News Headlines

Chicago alderman renews call for crackdown on `crappy` valets

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Alderman Brendan Reilly is on a valet vendetta, calling for a renewed look at the ordinance that limits how much street space valet's can use.

The loading zones are supposed to be for cars parking for 15 minutes or less, and flashers must be left on according to the sign. But, several vehicles parked on Rush Street for an hour or more were seen with no tickets in the windows. They were almost assuredly valets.

It makes it very frustrating for anyone else coming to the area to find a legal spot if they don't want to valet.

"It's very difficult," one woman said. "It's very difficult. They take up spots, they take up lanes, you gotta go around them."

Four years ago, Alderman Reilly went on the warpath against valet companies for among other things monopolizing parking spots. The ordinance passed at the time required restaurants that valet to have off street parking equivalent to at least 15 percent of their capacity.

Now, Reilly believes it's time to revisit the ordinance. A lot of drivers would agree.

"I don't mind valet if that's where I 'm going and they have it," a man told FOX 32. "If a place I'm going doesn't happen to have it, so I think there's a place for everything."

The valet company working for Carmines and Tavern on Rush claimed it was not hogging street spots, because it had no need to.

"I got six lots, it's impossible to fill them up," says Costa Ivanov with Capital Valet. "So, there is no way I'm gonna look for a spot on the street, pay six bucks an hour."

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