Drivers and political opponents reacted angrily to Mayor Daley’s proposal for a five-minute grace period on expired parking meters.

Mayor Daley is hoping the proposed grace period after parking meters expire will get Chicago drivers – angry about the privatization of the city’s meters and the subsequent spike in prices – off his back. The ordinance would let a Chicago driver win one parking ticket fight with City Hall per year, if that ticket was issued within five minutes of the meter running out.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (D-32nd) does not think it will be enough.

“It’s kind of an empty gesture,” Waguespack said. “It’s one of those things where if they have the five-minute grace period, they still would have to go to a hearing, which means they’d have to take time off from work or whatever else they’re doing, school, whatever, to go contest the ticket. Do you have time to do it?