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Unpaid parking tickets may give Williamsport motorists the boot

May 14, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

andreabh@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Vehicles of motorists who repeatedly fail to pay parking tickets in Williamsport will likely be booted, and perhaps towed, starting in June.

The Williamsport Town Council on Monday night unanimously voted to introduce the vehicle impoundment and immobilization law. Councilman Tim Ammons, chairman of the town's streets committee, has spearheaded the effort to crack down on parking abuse in Williamsport.

Council members in June will vote to adopt or reject the ordinance, Town Attorney Edward Kuczynski said.

The proposed law states that vehicles of motorists with five or more unpaid parking tickets and/or summonses in Williamsport can be immobilized with a parking boot, then towed to an impoundment lot if the outstanding tickets are not paid within 24 hours.

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The town's parking enforcement officer and police with jurisdiction in Williamsport would be authorized to enforce the proposed ordinance.

If towed, the vehicle's owner will have 30 days to pay parking fines, a $10 immobilization fee and towing-related expenses to reclaim the vehicle, according to the proposed law.

Unclaimed vehicles will be sold at public auction.

Vehicle owners can request hearings to contest impoundment. The town clerk or an alternate appointed by the mayor will grant the hearing within 48 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays, according to the ordinance.

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