Newport Police say they are launching their overdue traffic ticket “boot” program in which people who don’t pay their Newport parking tickets don’t get to drive their vehicle again until they do. The boot, as demonstrated in the above photo, if affixed to a car that records show has at least one parking ticket that is 45 days past due. The boot can also be applied to any vehicle that records show has four or more overdue parking violations.
To ensure everyone one who has an overdue parking ticket fully understands this new effort to collect past due traffic tickets, the city is mailing out notices to those ticket holders warning them that if they don’t pay them, their car may be booted. Once booted, only payment of the tickets can cause the boot to be removed, or if their vehicle was towed to a tow yard it’s the ticket(s) plus the tow and storage fee to the tow company.
Police say to show they mean business, a parking official booted a vehicle last Friday that had more than seven overdue parking tickets associated with it. The vehicle was booted where it was parked in the 500 block of NW 3rd Street.
If you’ve got overdue parking tickets, better head to Newport City Hall and take care of them.
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.
The Newport City has long tried to deal with the issue of scarce parking in the Bayfront area, especially as it pertains to a sore spot between the town’s fishing community and tourism sector. The fishing industry contends it brings in revenue that greatly exceeds that brought in by Bayfront tourism. However, both sides agree that what’s needed is more parking and less waiting.
If the city council approves the parking district and its funding source, it will seek, through an advisory committee, a way forward to provide additional parking through leasing unused, or scarcely used land, leasing already established parking lots, improved signage and striping, and making the Bayfront more visitor welcoming with improvements tp pleasant street landscaping.
To pay for the district, the council will likely agree that the Bayfront Area district will need revenue in order to keep it going and growing. And to raise the money, the council is expected to approve a business license surcharge for those along the Bayfront that weighs in at $150 year for those with 1-4 employees, $300 for 5 to 20 employees, and $600 a year for those with 20 to 600 workers. Additionally the Port of Newport, who has lobbied for improved parking in the area, will team up with the city with an annual payment into the city parking district of six thousand dollars a year to represent the fishing industry’s buy in to the plan and to contribute toward it moving forward and being refined as necessary.
The Newport City Council begins its Monday night meeting at 6pm
The council will also be getting an update from Surfrider Foundation on their efforts to gain more momentum in the community for asking the city council to ban single use shopping bags that are normally used at grocery stores. The council will also consider at leaner, more efficient way of naming streets within the city limits. This follows a minor “tornado in a bottle” issue over the proposed re-naming of SE 84th Streeet, some calling on the city to broaden its horizons because there are many people who are worthy of having their name put on a street sign.
As per the wishes of business owners and residents of the Nye Beach area of Newport, the city is installing parking signs along NW Coast, NW Beach and NW 3rd in Nye Beach. The signs that limit parking to three hours were requested and paid for by the Nye Beach Commercial Parking District. Businesses and residents have been concerned for some time that prime parking areas along the streets have been taken up by those who park their vehicles and leave them all day, thereby affecting the convenience of shoppers who visit Nye Beach.
For the month of September, those who park more than three hours on those streets will get a written warning. Starting October first, the ticket books come out.
Parking passes are available for homeowners or lodging establishments affected by the change. Passes may be obtained at the Finance Department window inside Newport City Hall at Avery and 101. Those applying for a parking pass must present identification.
Parking enforcement questions may be addressed to the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.