Saturday, March 20, 2010

Das Boot

Los Angeles, is lobbying to change the state vehicle code to allow placement of immobilizing "boots" on cars with as few as three unpaid parking tickets. Currently, the law allows booting after five accumulated parking tickets.

This change could help the city collect up to $61 million in overdue parking citations.
(mmm, another proposed rape of the taxpayer, in lieu of the removal of state cubicle vork-ers)

In Los Angeles, Shomari Jennings was willing to pay the $70 ticket he received for driving without a seatbelt, but not the slew of tacked-on fees and penalties that ballooned the cost more than tenfold.

Every $10 of his base fine triggered a $26 "penalty assessment" for courthouse construction, a DNA identification program, emergency medical services and other programs. Other fees ranged from $1 to $35.

"It's the new tax," Jennings, 30, complained while waiting in traffic court to contest a staggering bill compounded by a $500 fine for missing a court date.
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