A Bad Idea
- City Hall is gearing up for a pilot program that would allow motorists with three or more unpaid tickets whose vehicles are disabled by the dreaded boot to remove the wheel-locking device themselves, instead of waiting for a city crew.
- Expected to debut during the second quarter of next year, the plan would allow motorists to phone in their credit card numbers to pay up. They would then get a code that releases the boot when punched into a keypad on the device.
- The motorist would be responsible for returning the boot or face fines.
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th), whose ward had 788 boots applied through Aug. 31, said she's all for "anything that gets the boot off faster." But, the boot return program sounds ill-conceived.
"If you boot my car, I'm already mad. When you take it off, I'm still mad because I've had to pay you. Then, you want me to deliver something back to you? It'll be in the street," Lyle said.