Metal “boots” are made for collecting
Mayor Bloomberg is planning to lead the charge against motorists who owe New York City $350 or more in parking ticket judgments. The Daily News reported that NYC added another weapon of mass collection to its arsenal of revenue raising tools, “DAS BOOT.”
The mayor’s office confirmed approval of a contract with PayLock, the New Jersey firm that landed the five-year $70 million no-bid deal to operate the new “booting” system.
City officials are not revealing the start date for the “boot” program, but it is imminient, or sooner.
“Das Boot” will be raining revenue for NYC
NYC DOF representatives claim the “boot” is a more civilized way (than towing) to collect money from parking ticket scofflaws.
“A motorist who owes $350 in parking tickets, for example, will have to pay an additional $180 for Paylock’s “boot fee,” $70 for a marshal’s “execution fee,” plus a “poundage fee” of 5% of the entire bill.
In this case, that would be another $30. And, if the driver pays by credit card, he or she will be charged a small additional “convenience fee.”
Drivers would be forced to shell out nearly $300 on top of the original $350 in tickets. That’s virtually the same amount as under the current towing system — even though the city will be towing far fewer cars.
If the motorist doesn’t pay within two days, however, the booted car will then be towed, and the owner will be charged both a $180 booting fee.
The motorist who pays on time must also return PayLock’s boot to a city payment center within 24 hours or face additional penalties of $25 per day — up to a maximum of $500, the documents show.”
It may be a good idea to refresh our collective recollections of the weapons of mass collection available to NYC in its war against parking ticket scofflaws; and the dollar amounts that can trigger an attack.
Please add “Das Boot” in the “Action” column when a scofflaw owes $350 or more in NYC parking ticket fines/penalties IN JUDGMENT.
What do you think? Pretty expensive, huh? Is all fair in love and war against scofflaws?
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