Last Updated on February 16, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
Terminator T1000 hired by NYC Department of Finance to hunt down scofflaws
You can’t shoot it, crush it, stomp on it, or kill it. NYC parking ticket scofflaws better pay up, or your registrations will be suspended. You can run, but you can’t hide. The NY Daily News reports that NYC is ratcheting up the intensity of its pursuit of the $17M currently owed by scofflaws for fines and penalties on 130,000 parking tickets.
Warning of bad intentions
The NYC DOF sent out 13,000 letters to scofflaws in March 2011 warning of imminent registration suspensions if they do not pay up within 30 days.
“Some scofflaws promptly paid up, pouring a quick infusion of $1.6 million into the cash-strapped city’s coffers to pay off 15,000 tickets. Those who didn’t respond within 30 days were turned over to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for registration suspension “
Reaction of Finance Commissioner David Frankel
“Next time, Frankel says, he’s not sending a warning letter – anyone who tallies five tickets in 12 months that are so overdue they’ve landed in judgment will be automatically reported to the DMV.
“Your mailbox should be full of notices if you’ve gotten five tickets in 12 months,” Frankel said. “It should not be a complete mystery to you.”
Pay up, or we will chase you forever
The NYC DOF is desperately seeking much-needed revenues and is dead serious about using every means available to collect money from scofflaws. If you are issued five (5) parking tickets, which remain unpaid, you risk suspension of your vehicle registration. Remember… five (5) outstanding NYC parking tickets in judgment during a twelve (12) month period.
What do you think about this fervor to collect money from unpaid parking tickets? Too much, too late? Or right on the money? Your opinion really matters to all of us. Share it!