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LADOT Officials Want to Tow You After 3 Unpaid Parking Tickets

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Current law: don't pay five parking tickets, you get booted and/or towed. Possible future law? Don't pay three or four parking tickets, you get booted and/or towed. The latter is the dream of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, according to a 2009-10 State Legislative Program packet submitted to a City Council committee for consideration later this afternoon.

According to the department, the ability to boot and tow after three or four unpaid tickets is a financial boon--in one way--and a way to obtain more parking compliance on city streets. From the Chief Legislative Analyst's report on the matter:

... reducing the number of unpaid parking citations from five to four before a vehicle may be impounded will result in $25,836,000 in additional collectable citation amounts. Reducing the number of unpaid parking citations from five to three before a vehicle may be impounded will result in $61,018,000 in additional collectable citation amounts. These increased collection amounts would be in addition to the $18,998,000 currently collectable with the existing standard of five paid citations. Revenues received from parking citations are a General Fund receipt. LADOT advises, however, that these amounts would not be net increases to the City's General Fund in that LADOT would incur additional staffing and other costs in its collection efforts.

If the legislative idea passes out of committee, it will then go forward to the full City Council for consideration. From there, it could just go on record that the city supports any similar legislation bouncing around with state politicians or the city may end up sponsoring such an effort.