2 Hour Parking Limit Chicago

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Ryan B.'s Comment
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I had a delivery earlier today at a location in Des Plaines. Out of hours completely and had already stopped my clock earlier with a split, so no option but to PC to a place to park. I do as I normally do and go to the first location that is reasonably easy to access from my location. Parking lot is full. I go to the next location, signs showing "2-hour parking, police enforced. $250 fine." I stop on the side of the road and decide to call the next location before driving all the way there. This is a Pilot and they tell me parking is a 2-hour limit, per county ordinance. I am not sure if it's Cook County or DuPage County because I was in Cook County in Des Plaines and traveling into DuPage County as I moved south. Anyway, I called the safety manager at my terminal and asked for guidance. Because I had already used over 30 minutes for PC, I knew it would draw suspicion to keep driving. Besides, I was now going to have to drive a ways to get to a place where I knew the ordinance wouldn't be an issue. Safety manager and I agreed on a location that has 4 truck stops and was outside of the area in question. It was a 45-minute drive, but I got parked and shutdown safely.

Anyway, a couple of months ago I delivered at the same location in Des Plaines. I don't remember there being a 2-hour parking ordinance when looking for a place to shutdown. Or, maybe I had tome available on my clock to get outside the city more. Is this ordinance new, or is it just new TO ME?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm not sure if the Des Plaines one is new or not, but there are a lot of "truck" stops in the Chicago area with a 2 hour parking limit and no showers due to various city ordnance.

Across from my terminal in Crest Hill is an Amazon DC they used to allow them to park on the street, a few month ago they put up no parking signs and now come by daily and hand out tickets. Here in Joliet they used to allow trucks to park on the empty side of the mall they have stopped that as well.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I'm not sure if the Des Plaines one is new or not, but there are a lot of "truck" stops in the Chicago area with a 2 hour parking limit and no showers due to various city ordnance.

Across from my terminal in Crest Hill is an Amazon DC they used to allow them to park on the street, a few month ago they put up no parking signs and now come by daily and hand out tickets. Here in Joliet they used to allow trucks to park on the empty side of the mall they have stopped that as well.

Sure glad that I am not in Chicago very often. This is the 2nd time in a year-and-a-half of driving. The load I brought here is a weekly load, but they usually have one of the drivers who lives in the area bring it out here to go home.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I'm seldom in chi town, but I've had similar experiences in Miami at a grocery DC. I parked in an alley behind it, probably about 20 of us did. The lumpers burned up my 14 hour. Their security came out and made us move after 3 hpurs.

I ended up PCing to a paid parking lot close by, it required a shoe horn, lube and prayers to get parked but I got it done. My DM reimbursed me for it. It's one of the very few times I've ever done paid parking. Miami is thin on parking, especially at 3 AM.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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I'm seldom in chi town, but I've had similar experiences in Miami at a grocery DC. I parked in an alley behind it, probably about 20 of us did. The lumpers burned up my 14 hour. Their security came out and made us move after 3 hpurs.

I ended up PCing to a paid parking lot close by, it required a shoe horn, lube and prayers to get parked but I got it done. My DM reimbursed me for it. It's one of the very few times I've ever done paid parking. Miami is thin on parking, especially at 3 AM.

I imagine any of the major cities on the water in the US are in some form or fashion a substantial headache for parking because of space issues. Late night hours and it becomes a hope and a prayer to even find a place. Well, glad you got that truck in the spot.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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