New Parking Initiative: Pay up or get the boot!

Drivers with more than two unpaid parking tickets in Salt Lake City can expect to find a boot on their car.
City leaders are warning drivers before enforcement begins March 23.

There are over $1.3 million worth of unpaid parking tickets in Salt Lake City.

City leaders say the current system is not fair because it allows drivers with less than six tickets to essentially get away without paying.

It takes six unpaid tickets before the City will tow a drivers car to the impound lot.  The tow costs $229 plus a $17 daily parking fee.

"The boot actually is less money and holds them accountable for the outstanding debt," said Salt Lake City Councilman, Carlton Christensen.

The booting fee is $191, which is $38 less for the tow fee to impound a car.

Drivers must call PayLock to have the boot removed.  Once the driver agrees to pay the fine a PayLock operator will give the driver a code he or she can use to unlock the 16 pound boot and return it to the company.

"Boots are the worst. It's terrible," said Wayne Haskell.

Salt Lake City will set up a payment plan for drivers who can't pay their entire fine at once.
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