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NYC To Test New Tire-Locking Clamp

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City plans to test a tire-locking clamp that scofflaws could unlock themselves with a code after paying their fine over the phone.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Comment From Mayor Bloomberg

Finance Commissioner David Frankel told the Daily News that the city wants to make debt collection as positive and easy as possible.

After unlocking the boot, drivers would need to take the boot to a drop-off location or incur another charge.

“If you think about it, boots make a lot of sense because you don’t have to go and tow the car when it’s parked illegally,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday. “But the trouble with boots, is the old ones take an enormous amount of mechanical [effort] and strength to put on a boot and then you got to come and take it off.”

The special device would mean the city wouldn’t tow vehicles with more than $350 in outstanding fines.

The city plans a test run of the new boots sometime this summer or early fall.

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