Montgomery cracks down on unpaid parking tickets

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery City Council voted Tuesday night to strengthen penalties on drivers who have not paid parking tickets.  After five or more citations, drivers could see their vehicles booted or even towed.

"This is for people who are perpetually parking and incurring these parking tickets and not paying," said Steve Jones, General Services Director for the City of Montgomery.

City leaders said the city is missing out on about $250,000 in revenue from the unpaid tickets.

In making the move, officials not only want to put tougher penalties on unpaid tickets, but also encourage people not to linger in metered spaces for too long.  They said the city's parking decks offer an alternative.

"There's no question they're underutilized," said Mayor Todd Strange.  "Just go and count the number of spaces.  We're actually going to lower the city lots down to50 cents an hour and four dollars a day.  You can stay there as long as you want to."

A car boot would carry a $75 fine, with an additional $150 due if the vehicle is towed.  Not feeding the meter in time carries a $10 fine.

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