Thursday, May 3, 2007

Happy 100th

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The City of Boise is celebrating a milestone of sorts: They've towed 100 cars under the so-called "scofflaw ordinance."

The city enacted the rule at the beginning of the year. Vehicles of drivers with numerous unpaid parking tickets to be impounded until fees are collected.

Those “eligible” for towing must have at least five uncontested parking tickets that have gone unpaid for 30 days, or boast a grand total of at $200 or more in parking fines.

So far, the city has towed an average of six cars a week, taking in $24,000 in fines in the process. Of course, the parking fines come in addition to the cost of towing and impound fees.

Three Boise drivers have the distinction of having been towed twice under the ordinance, and may be on their way to racking up the fines to go for a three-peat.

Officers in charge of enforcing these parking laws are now packing a “hot list,” according to a statement sent out by the city. This list of top violators is updated daily and includes both Idaho and out-of-state plates. Additionally, since citation are given to the owner of a vehicle, not to specific cars, owners of multiple cars can have any one of their vehicles towed.

The ordinance seems to be having an effect, though — the hot list has been trimmed from 400 to 300 names. The good news for parking violators is that the city does consider negotiating payment plans on an individual basis. For more information, call 208-384-3770.

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