Your car can be booted and towed for the same NYC parking ticket
Imagine parking your car in the morning, returning to the parking space after a tough day at work and finding another chariot occupying your curb space. Or, what about parking your car at 1 p.m. and returning at 4 p.m. to find your car is missing-in-action.
Take out a piece of paper and write down a few words that describe how you felt when your brain finally concluded that your car was towed. Would some of the words be:
- All of the above
What you and your brain didn’t know was that your car was probably ticketed, booted and then towed. Ca-ching (parking ticket fine), Ca-ching ($185) and Ca-ching (another $185).
How can that be?
Is there a rule that authorizes cops and warriors to boot first and tow later (in 2-hours)
I’m afraid so.
Here is the text of the awful rule
4-08 (A)(9) Immobilization and towing of illegally parked vehicles
Larry’s comment_I despise this draconian, money-grabbing, double-dipping rule. The cops can now issue a ticket, call in the boot squad, place of 2-hour notice to remove under the wiper, wait a couple of hours and then tow your chariot.
(ii) Notice. Notice of immobilization pursuant to this paragraph shall be placed in a conspicuous place on the vehicle. Such notice shall contain (A) a warning that any attempt to move the vehicle may result in damage to the vehicle; and (B) the time, place and manner in which the vehicle may be redeemed
Larry’s comment_What good is a notice if you’re at work, or had no intention to return within two hours to read the stupid notice? And, if you are one of the fortunate drivers who returns to his chariot within the two-hour period, good luck racing to pay and remove the boot.
(iii) Immobilization fee. The registrant of an immobilized vehicle which has not yet been removed to a tow pound pursuant to these rules, or any other person authorized by the registrant of such vehicle, may secure the release of the vehicle upon satisfaction of all parking summonses in judgment, if any, for which the registrant of the immobilized vehicle is liable and payment of an immobilization fee of $185.00.
Larry’s comment_The first Ca-ching!
Larry’s comment_And you thought college was expensive
We can all sit back and endure this grotesque double dip or take action. What’s your pleasure?
Why not send an angry letter to your City Council Representative? There is absolutely no rationale for this bad behavior other than an illegal money grab.
If your car is parked in a location that jeopardizes the safety of people or machines, it should be towed immediately. If your car is parked safely but illegally, then cops and warriors should pick their punishment. Either boot it or tow it.
But, to legalize a boot and a tow for the same alleged parking violation is grotesque.
Please don’t just sit there, take action.
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