Chicago Drivers: Snares, Traps, Dangers, Rip-offs...BEWARE!

uberron73

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It's why I moved to Indiana. Am I try to stay away from Chicago. Because of ask this dam cameras an rediculous finds. We don't have those prbs out here. I really hate those cameras. everytime I'm sitting at a light an see flashes .100$a pop
 
July 23, 2016

I'm starting this thread because it seems that the number of revenue generating tools, rules and schemes used by the city of Chicago, and some Chicago area businesses with ties to the city, are escalating exponentially this year.

For instance, I just learned from a UBER driver that he got a $120 automated ticket, because he didn't STOP FOR FOUR SECONDS before turning right, at a red light in Chicago. I had no idea that you had to stand still for more than 1 second, before turning right.

I've recently read in this forum where Chicago Uber/Lyft drivers have been slapped with insane tickets at the Airports, booted at a McDonalds, had their tires secretly inspected, and been silently ticketed by goons in the Loop.

As a service to each other, can we share what not to do, in the City of Chicago (and suburbs), in order to avoid having to pay a ticket, or fine. If we can line everything up here, this thread would become a great resource for helping Chicago drivers avoid a lot of financial traps, snares, and punishments, IMO. The city will get less revenue from us, but it'll manage. Thanks in advance to all contributors!! :smiles:

-Allen
I remember getting one of those in New York, because I didn't wait five seconds. After that I just waited for the light to turn green, even if there were cars behind me honking.
 

Chicago88

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-yellow-light-timing-met-20141223-story.html

Please be aware Chicago has purposely shortened the yellow light timing to increase its revenue...suburban drivers take note, in Chicago it goes from green to red in a blink! If you're used to reasonable yellow light timing from out laying locations this will kill you.

Also of small note a Cook County judge ruled Chicago red light cameras and speeding cameras are illegal...but no one seems to notice or care becuase the city just keeps doing what it does.

http://wgntv.com/2016/02/23/judge-rules-chicago-red-light-speed-camera-tickets-are-void/
 

WestSubDriver

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-yellow-light-timing-met-20141223-story.html

Please be aware Chicago has purposely shortened the yellow light timing to increase its revenue...suburban drivers take note, in Chicago it goes from green to red in a blink! If you're used to reasonable yellow light timing from out laying locations this will kill you.

Also of small note a Cook County judge ruled Chicago red light cameras and speeding cameras are illegal...but no one seems to notice or care because the city just keeps doing what it does.

http://wgntv.com/2016/02/23/judge-rules-chicago-red-light-speed-camera-tickets-are-void/
I'm glad someone brought this up. I've been popped for one red light violation out west on Irving Park where traffic really moves. Us suburbanites get lulled into a sense of complacency with our yellows. In the city if you aren't already in the intersection when it turns yellow, you better stop.
 

AllenChicago

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I'm glad someone brought this up. I've been popped for one red light violation out west on Irving Park where traffic really moves. Us suburbanites get lulled into a sense of complacency with our yellows. In the city if you aren't already in the intersection when it turns yellow, you better stop.
One positive thing I've noticed about Chicago traffic signals is that many (most?) of them have these countdown timers. If the light is green, but I see that the countdown timer is down to 5 or less, I usually start slowing down. After paying $375 to Chicago in May for two pre-2010 tickets, I'm determined not to spend another dollar there, if I can help it.
 

Speedy Pete

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Good points to make for newbies. A new driver may need to suck it up for awhile until promotions start getting offered. I only drive when a promotion or guarantee gives me the chance to make an acceptable rate.

I only choke down Pool when needing it to meet promotion requirements and even then I'm resorting to fare reviews to see what more I can extract out of Uber. Pool is the new Uber profit enhancer they are pushing on us so that they can take the bulk of the true fare on those additional passengers. Go ahead, ask that second or third Pool pax what they are being charged and look at what Uber is paying you on. Your eyes shall be opened.

Last Friday I got a Pool that was insane. Evening rush hour picked 2 up within 3 blocks of each other near Navy Pier. One was going to 800 S. Kedzie and the other was near Pulaski and Irving. WTF? Today I had a pool that was almost a triple. Picked up at 2600 block of W. 21st ST, the other was on the S 1000 block of Western. The first one was going to the Damen blue line stop and the second one was going to 22 N. State. WTF? It made me go to Damen first of course. It tried to give me a pick up for a 3rd one on W. Taylor right after I was already about 5 blocks north on western. They do not have the shared ride thing ready yet IMOP. But if you ignore them they screw your acceptance rate. 15yr Vet Limo driver (O'hare Midway and Amm's) turned Uber. Money is way better here.
 

WestSubDriver

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Last Friday I got a Pool that was insane. Evening rush hour picked 2 up within 3 blocks of each other near Navy Pier. One was going to 800 S. Kedzie and the other was near Pulaski and Irving. WTF? Today I had a pool that was almost a triple. Picked up at 2600 block of W. 21st ST, the other was on the S 1000 block of Western. The first one was going to the Damen blue line stop and the second one was going to 22 N. State. WTF? It made me go to Damen first of course. It tried to give me a pick up for a 3rd one on W. Taylor right after I was already about 5 blocks north on western. They do not have the shared ride thing ready yet IMOP. But if you ignore them they screw your acceptance rate. 15yr Vet Limo driver (O'hare Midway and Amm's) turned Uber. Money is way better here.
Wow, those are nuts. Who in their right mind would want that as a passenger to save a couple of bucks? Between drivers not accepting Pool and passenger experiences like this hopefully the allure of Pool will fade. But, I'm sure its here to stay. Uber is committed to it as it also their way to extract more from the drivers and take more than their fair share unless drivers actively review their fares and start challenging them.
 

ChiChilly

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-yellow-light-timing-met-20141223-story.html

Please be aware Chicago has purposely shortened the yellow light timing to increase its revenue...suburban drivers take note, in Chicago it goes from green to red in a blink! If you're used to reasonable yellow light timing from out laying locations this will kill you.

Also of small note a Cook County judge ruled Chicago red light cameras and speeding cameras are illegal...but no one seems to notice or care becuase the city just keeps doing what it does.

http://wgntv.com/2016/02/23/judge-rules-chicago-red-light-speed-camera-tickets-are-void/

Finally! The shortened the yellow lights to three seconds and many city, state, county personnel were actually (hush hush here) exempt from tickets. Also many of your city buses and larger vehicles got a waive on it many times due to the fact that it is impossible for a large vehicle to stop on a dime like that. I am sure the lawsuit will have fun with all of these wonderful facts if they grab the documents before the shredder truck comes :p
 

AllenChicago

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You're are only required to come to a complete stop there is no time requirement!
LEGALLY, you are correct. But, since we're talking about CHICAGO, here's what investigators are finding..

"Cameras that for years generated just a few tickets daily suddenly caught dozens of drivers a day. One camera near the United Center rocketed from generating one ticket per day to 56 per day for a two-week period last summer before mysteriously dropping back to normal.

Tickets for so-called rolling right turns on red shot up during some of the most dramatic spikes, suggesting an unannounced change in enforcement. One North Side camera generated only a dozen tickets for rolling rights out of 100 total tickets in the entire second half of 2011. Then, over a 12-day spike, it spewed 563 tickets — 560 of them for rolling rights."

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-red-light-camera-ticket-spikes-met-20140717-story.html

It seems like the city manipulates its red-light cameras, the way casinos manipulate their slot machines.
ac
 

robinson62

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I saw how crazy Uber treats the customer and drivers when I was forced to take Uber to an appointment at UIC from the Edgewater neighborhood. There was a surge and I had to pay $40 to get there. My return trip was only $11. That really pissed me off. Additionally, I know that of the $40 the driver probably only made upwards of $20. I got ripped off as a passenger and my driver did as well. I will continue to drive for chump change but I think I will limit it to morning surges.


July 23, 2016

I'm starting this thread because it seems that the number of revenue generating tools, rules and schemes used by the city of Chicago, and some Chicago area businesses with ties to the city, are escalating exponentially this year.

For instance, I just learned from a UBER driver that he got a $120 automated ticket, because he didn't STOP FOR FOUR SECONDS before turning right, at a red light in Chicago. I had no idea that you had to stand still for more than 1 second, before turning right.

I've recently read in this forum where Chicago Uber/Lyft drivers have been slapped with insane tickets at the Airports, booted at a McDonalds, had their tires secretly inspected, and been silently ticketed by goons in the Loop.

As a service to each other, can we share what not to do, in the City of Chicago (and suburbs), in order to avoid having to pay a ticket, or fine. If we can line everything up here, this thread would become a great resource for helping Chicago drivers avoid a lot of financial traps, snares, and punishments, IMO. The city will get less revenue from us, but it'll manage. Thanks in advance to all contributors!! :smiles:

-Allen
 

Speedy Pete

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Wow, those are nuts. Who in their right mind would want that as a passenger to save a couple of bucks? Between drivers not accepting Pool and passenger experiences like this hopefully the allure of Pool will fade. But, I'm sure its here to stay. Uber is committed to it as it also their way to extract more from the drivers and take more than their fair share unless drivers actively review their fares and start challenging them.
 

Speedy Pete

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I had a total 7 rides on on pool today. Felt like a bus driver but it locked in enough rides to make 1.5 hr min for the 31.00 hr tonight.
 

U for Uber

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I had a total 7 rides on on pool today. Felt like a bus driver but it locked in enough rides to make 1.5 hr min for the 31.00 hr tonight.
That's good. The pools pay you less, which is kind of what you want when doing hourly guarantee. Since the max you can make per hour is $24.8 @ the $31/hr.
 
Here are my 5 cents: Was pulled over this Friday by Palatine police after picking up 2 drunk girls downtown palatine. The officer was very friendly, and explained that he pulled me over to make sure that all passengers are buckled up, and that there are no open containers in the vehicle. After they buckled, he let me go with no citation or warning, bu told me that I must ask my passengers to buckle up, and that if he pulls me over again - there will be a ticket.
Ahh.... unless it has changed, I thought back seat drivers did NOT have to wear a seat-belt???? Because if this is the case why haven't all TAXI's in the city been cited since 90% of people do not wear a seatbelt in a taxi.
 

PRC

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Ahh.... unless it has changed, I thought back seat drivers did NOT have to wear a seat-belt???? Because if this is the case why haven't all TAXI's in the city been cited since 90% of people do not wear a seatbelt in a taxi.
uber and Lyft are subject to a different rules and standards than cabs. I am not sure about Chicago and suburbs, but there are some local municipalities around the country that allow back riding passengers not to be seat belted in cabs. But private cars are a different story. I think Palatine just figured a way to fill their budget on our back :wink:
 

AllenChicago

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I received an e-mail from Lyft suggesting that I go to 1301 w. 14th street in Chicago, because the demand from this weekend's "Hip Hop Fest" is surging.

Are the Hip-Hop fans pretty much as shown in the movies? If so, I think I'll decline Lyft's invite.
 

indytd

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Here are my 5 cents: Was pulled over this Friday by Palatine police after picking up 2 drunk girls downtown palatine. The officer was very friendly, and explained that he pulled me over to make sure that all passengers are buckled up, and that there are no open containers in the vehicle. After they buckled, he let me go with no citation or warning, bu told me that I must ask my passengers to buckle up, and that if he pulls me over again - there will be a ticket.
Was that only the front seat passenger or all of the passengers?
 
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