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Put a Boot On It! City Unveils Pilot Program For Scofflaw Drivers

Devices will replace vehicle tows in some cases.

Calling it a "new and improved tool" to collect unpaid tickets and fines, the city started a new booting pilot program that will replace tows in some cases.

Starting Monday in Brooklyn only, drivers having more than $350 in parking, red light camera or bus lane violation tickets in judgment may have their vehicles booted.

The program was touted as a win, not just for a cash-strapped city, but also for scofflaw drivers since the boot allows car owners access to personal belongings, such as car seats, prescription drugs and important paperwork left in a vehicle.

The new boots come with tough new enforcement in the form of vans with license plate identification technology to catch drivers with outstanding tickets.

To get a boot removed, drivers will need to pay any outstanding tickets in full plus a $180 boot and a $70 sheriff’s execution fee and then receive a release code to remove the device.

The boots can be returned at three locations: Williamsburg Service Center, 713 Kent Ave.; Kings County Parking, 581 Clarkson Ave.; or Midwood Parking Garage, 1712 East 14th St.

MFEnrique June 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I'm hoping certain drivers don't get road rage while carrying these unlocked boots around after making payments. Though kidding aside, just another way for the City to cut jobs, save itself $ and irritate residents who may have wanted the parking spot that would have been freed up with a tow, as opposed to just sitting there.
eveostay June 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
If it saves the city money while still discouraging scofflaws, than I'm for it.
John Wilson June 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Tough to balance customer service AND efficiency. It would be great both free up the space and still have access to their vehicle, but I don't see how they can do that! I, for one, am a proud supporter of PETM (People for the Ethical Treament of Motorists), AND for collecting those unpaid tickets!
Will Meyer June 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Paul, I haven't seen this question addressed in any of the coverage today: if a vehicle violates a parking rule while booted, such as alternate side parking for instance, will the car be ticketed for that offense? Is the boot a defense to the ticket?
Paul Leonard June 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Will, That is an excellent question. According to the Boot Call Center (877-207-2134) cars that are booted and parked on a side of the street subject to alternate side parking regulations are NOT supposed to get a ticket for violating street cleaning rules. However, drivers might still get a ticket if the officers fails to see—or chooses to "overlook"—the boot.

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