City toughens laws on unpaid tickets

(WMC-TV) - Memphis is talking about new rules to make sure you pay for parking tickets. City leaders say if you don't, your car will get the boot.

There are two new laws on the city books. The first doubles parking fines at 60 days and again at 90. The second will let officials put a boot on your vehicle for nonpayment.

City Court Clerk Thomas Long says you need to pay up if you've been parking' where you shouldn't have been parking.

"We normally lose roughly anywhere from $1.5 million to $2 million annually from parking," he said. "It's gotten to a point where we've got to do something."

Long's office has long had a problem collecting unpaid parking tickets, but he hopes his new boots might usher in the end for parking ticket deadbeats.

"I really don't want to boot anyone's automobile," he said. "We're not trying to make money for the city. However, we are trying to change behavior."

Starting January 2, anyone with three or more delinquent fines is subject to the boot. Failure to make good within 48 hours will get the car towed.

So unlike Nancy Sinatra's footwear, the boots won't walk all over you, but they may leave you walking.

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