Newport City Councilors are giving traffic ticket delinquents a warning over the next thirty days that they better pay their outstanding parking tickets or their car will be immobilized with a locking wheel clamp, aka “the boot.” You cannot move your vehicle with it clamped to a wheel. The only thing you can do is call the police, pay your ticket and get the clamp taken off. On top of paying all the delinquent tickets there’s a $100 fee for police having to use the clamp. Vehicles left longer than 24 hours with the boot on it will be towed. Storage charges also begin to accrue.
The exact conditions by which you may suffer the boot is having any ticket 45 days past due with no request for a hearing, or having four outstanding tickets, period. Other reasons for the boot include the car being stolen, left parked upon city property or private property without the expressed consent of the owner or a person in control of the property.
Those vehicles left longer than 24 hours with the boot on it, it will be towed and towing and storage charges will also begin to accrue
Again, a big PR campaign will emerge here in Newport that ‘THE BOOT IS COMING,’ then shortly after that Chief Miranda predicts there will be around ten cars a month that will suddenly become eligible to receive the taxpayer’s response to not paying parking tickets in their town. Chief Miranda says there are tens of thousands in unpaid parking tickets on Newport’s books. He says once the word gets out that the boot is working its way around on the streets, a large number of other parking ticket delinquents will probably start showing up at city hall to pay up.