Clerk's office wants stiffer laws in collecting parking debts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Clerk's office wants stiffer laws in collecting parking debts

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A fight is brewing between the Memphis City Clerk's Office and the city council over collecting parking fees.

Some argue that the city is losing $2 million a year in uncollected fines.

"Most people park where they aren't supposed to park," said Maureen Robinson after she paid to park. "And that's not cool."

The fine on a city parking ticket is $20. The City Clerk's Office said some go unpaid forever. The office now wants stiffer laws to help collect on outstanding parking debts.

The clerk's office cannot get approval from the city council for certain initiatives, including more meters, more tow trucks and tire boots.

Parking tickets unpaid for more than a year simply go away. The city has no plans to change that policy.

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