Mangano Announces Nassau County to Begin Boot and Tow Program to Collect Millions in Unpaid Traffic Fines
Urges Scofflaws to Pay Up Before March 26
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Boot and Tow Program will begin on Monday, March 26, 2012 in order to collect unpaid fines from scofflaws with three or more outstanding parking tickets or three or more outstanding Red Light Safety Camera violations.
All vehicles that have three or more unresolved parking violations or unresolved Red Light Camera Notices of Liability, also known as scofflaws, will be subject to Nassau County’s Boot and Tow Program. As part of the County’s Boot and Tow Program, violating vehicles will be immobilized and/or may be removed from the scene. The recovering party will be liable for these expenses. The vehicle will not be released until all fines, surcharges and additional fees are paid in full.
“Next week, Nassau County will begin this aggressive enforcement and collection effort. We’ve provided more than enough time for scofflaws to come forward and pay their fines, but time is now running out for them. The County is owed millions of dollars in these fines and we’re going to use all available methods to collect.” said County Executive Mangano. “If you have three or more outstanding tickets, I urge you to pay up or see your vehicle get booted and possibly towed starting next week.”
There are currently 7,900 vehicles with 45,099 parking tickets that have a value of $8.3 million that are considered parking ticket scofflaws (3 or more parking tickets). In addition, there are 8,004 vehicles that are considered to be Red Light Camera scofflaws (having three or more red light camera tickets.), with a total of $2.8 million owed. The Red Light Camera Program began August 6, 2009.
In 2011, the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency (TPVA) conducted an amnesty period for all parking tickets issued prior to 2010, where fees and late charges were waived. The amnesty program ran through September 2011.
The Nassau County Boot and Tow Program will be administered by PayLock and will use SmartBoot™ technology, which provides a number of advantages over traditional booting and impounding. Motorists will be able to settle outstanding citations through a Help Center that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and remove the boots themselves, rather than relying on someone to come and remove the boot. Those with vehicles that are parked legally will have a 48-hour grace period before their vehicle is towed. State-of-the-art License Plate Reading technology will make it easier to identify vehicles owned by motorists with delinquent citations.
SmartBoot technology has been operated in cities across the United States, including Syracuse, NY; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Oakland, CA; Richmond, VA; and Providence, RI.
Residents can search for and pay unpaid parking tickets by visiting the following website: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/wps/portal/TpvaOTM. Residents can call 1-866-790-4111 if they want to inquire and/or pay outstanding Red Light Safety Camera Violations. For additional information, residents can contact our Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency by phone at (516)572-2700.
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