What happens when you don’t pay your parking ticket?

In 2016, over $600 million worth of outstanding parking tickets were deemed uncollectible in New York City.

What does unpaid tickets mean for the residents of the city? Parking ticket revenue typically goes to a city’s general fund, although it may vary with local government. The general fund supports the most basic city services such as police, fire and parks, as well as planning community development and administrative services. Without collection of outstanding parking tickets, basic services that are taken for granted will be underfunded.

The cities with the highest revenue from parking violations include: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and New York City. However, many of these cities can’t efficiently collect on the fines.  This low collection rate can make it tough for cities to sustain programs and initiatives that benefit all.

There are a lot of consequences when fines are not paid. Disregarding them can lead to increased fines, court appearances, and in some states a bench warrant may be issued. Scofflaws, or someone who has three or more overdue, unpaid parking tickets may end up with a boot on their car. Their license may also be suspended.

Unfortunately, finding scofflaws and collecting default judgments can be a daunting task, as parking tickets are issued to a vehicles owner, rather than the driver. The only way to track down the owner is through their license plates.

The fastest and most efficient way to do this is by using Vigilant Solutions License Plate-Enabled Parking Enforcement Suite. This solution empowers parking agencies to quickly recover outstanding fines using license plate recognition cameras and vehicle location data.  With Vigilant Solutions, cities will have the funds to support programs most important to the community.

If you want to identify scofflaws and quickly recover fines to increase your cities revenue, contact Brite today, or check out Vigilant Parking Solutions.