NYC To Test New Tire-Locking Clamp

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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  • karlson

    Another reason not to enter Hizzoner’s Dark City!

  • Albert Einstein

    If you leave the boot on eventually it will rust and fall off the wheel..

  • robert

    if you let the air out of the tire the boot will come off.

  • Brian the cabbie

    Even if you jack up your car and were able to take the boot off guess what!!! The boot has a serial number and they know which boot on which vehicle so you will be billed for the boot, your tickets and an additional fine. Does it worth it??

  • Carlos Liriano

    it will cost more money to change the rim and the tire, if you get booted pay the fine and don’t get in trouble

  • Ron Redding

    What’s to stop someone from jacking up their own car and replacing the booted wheel with the spare tire?

    • Scofflaw

      The new boot covers the lug nuts and prevent removal of the booted wheel.

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