Boot'vil: UVA clamps down on scofflaw parkers
Parking punishment devices typically seen only in major metropolitan areas are coming to Charlottesville, as UVA plans to crack down on scofflaw parkers by clamping their tires, according to a broadcast report by the Newsplex.
The television station reports that UVA's department of Parking and Transporation asserts that over 1,500 car owners have racked up about $265,000 in unpaid parking fines over the past year–- with about 40 vehicles amassing $50,000 in unpaid fines and two delinquents allegedly owing in excess of $3,000. Thus, the wheel boots, which can immobilize the vehicle until the debtor satisfies the Department.
Already, UVA collects over half a million dollars annually from parkers who overstay their welcome or park where they shouldn't, according to the story.
There is one thing UVA does that few parking enforcement operations anywhere emulate: treating one illegal park per year as a "warning ticket"–- with no fine actually levied.