Scofflaws Should Come Clean Now As Mangano Announces Parking Ticket Amnesty Program
Approximately 359,000 Parking Tickets Eligible for Amnesty Program
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency (TPVA) will be holding an amnesty program for all parking tickets issued prior to January 1, 2010. The amnesty program will begin on May 16, 2011 and continue through June 30, 2011.
There are currently 359,000 parking tickets issued prior to January 1, 2010 that have a value of $49.4 million. During the amnesty period fees and late charges will be waived. Full value will be restored once amnesty program has concluded. All payments must be received by July 1, 2011 in order to be considered part of the amnesty settlement. Any payment received after July 1, 2011, will be credited towards the full remaining balance. Full remaining balance means that penalties and other fees will be restored to its full original balance prior to the amnesty program.
“I am urging residents with outstanding tickets to take advantage of this amnesty period before the County Boot and Tow Program begins July 1, 2011,” said County Executive Mangano. “Once the amnesty program has concluded, the County will embark on an aggressive enforcement and collection effort. No reductions will be offered once the amnesty program concludes. Any additional costs related to these efforts will be borne by the violator.”
All vehicles that have three or more unresolved parking violations or unresolved Red Light Camera Notices of Liability, also known as scofflaws, will be subject to Nassau County’s Boot and Tow Program. As part of the County’s Boot and Tow Program, violating vehicles will be immobilized, removed from the scene and stored. The recovering party will be liable for these expenses. The vehicle will not be released until all fines, surcharges and additional fees are paid in full.
Currently, there are 20,782 vehicles that are considered parking ticket scofflaws (3 or more parking tickets) with some having tickets dating back to 1987. In addition, there are 3,920 vehicles that are considered to be Red Light Camera scofflaws (having three or more red light camera tickets.) The Red Light Camera Program began August 6, 2009. There is $8.5 million owed in red light camera fines and $56.3 million in parking violation fines. Of that $1.2 million is owed by red light ticket scofflaws and $20.5 million is owed by parking ticket scofflaws.
Residents can search for and pay unpaid parking tickets that qualify for the County’s Amnesty Program by visiting the following website: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/amnesty. For additional information, residents can contact our Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency via email at TPVA.Amnesty@nassaucountyny.gov or by phone at 516-572-0954.
Boot & Tow FAQ’s
Why is there a Boot on my car?
Nassau County is authorized to boot and/or tow vehicles that have 3 or more unresolved parking tickets or red light camera notices of liability (NOL) issued in Nassau County. A boot device is attached to the car’s wheel in order to immobilize it. The boot can only be safely removed by Nassau County personnel or its contractor. A booted vehicle is subject to towing immediately; if the outstanding/unresolved tickets or NOL’s and associated fees remain unpaid. Boots are normally removed less than two hours after all fines and fees are paid.
What additional fees will I owe if I am Booted and/or Towed?
If your vehicle is booted, an additional boot fee will be due. If your vehicle is towed after it is booted, an additional tow fee plus a per day storage fee will be due. All payments (including fines, penalties and fees) are due in guaranteed funds – cash, money order, credit card or certified check.
How do I retrieve my vehicle?
A notice will be prominently placed on any booted vehicle. The notice will contain required statutory information and the contact information of the contractor so that you can retrieve your vehicle. Be prepared to provide license plate number and state of your vehicle.
How do I retrieve my vehicle?
If your car has been towed, you may call the local precinct for any available information. Remember to pay all fines and fees, present your payment receipt, vehicle registration, and valid driver’s license at the impound lot. If you do not claim the vehicle from the impound lot, the vehicle will be subject to auction or sold for scrap.