The Emanuel administration’s plan to give people the ability to contest almost 1.5 million red-light camera tickets is expected to go before the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday.
The tickets were issued from March 23, 2010, through May 14, 2015. The city failed to mail motorists the necessary second notices associated with the tickets.
Some 5,000 motorists who paid late fees issued by the city on incorrect dates will also have an opportunity to get a refund under the plan.
In 2012, the city changed the late-fee assessment date from 21 days to 25 days after a ticket’s due date. Following that change, some motorists were still hit with late fees 21 days after the ticket’s due date. Those motorists could seek a refund under the administration’s proposed review of red-light camera tickets.
The administration is proposing the plan as the city faces a lawsuit, alleging the municipality violated motorists’ due process in failing to issue second notices for red-light camera tickets. The lawsuit could put the city on the hook for refunding millions of dollars to drivers who were ticketed since 2003.