Reader Carl Bentsen said he saw three boots on one block... and we counted about a dozen or so on a recent walk... Department of Finance:
If you do not pay or dispute your ticket within approximately 100 days, it will go into judgment. This means the City takes the legal step of entering a default judgment against you for the entire amount plus penalties and interest. The City can take steps to collect the debt, such as sending your debt to a collection agency or seizing assets. If you have more than $350 of tickets in judgment, your vehicle could be booted or towed.
And there's this rather jaunty video about how to get one removed...
The Department of Finance reportedly suspended the booting program on March 16, 2020. As Streetsblog reported in the fall of 2020:
According to data provided by Republic Immobilization Services, which currently has the contract to boot the cars of drivers with multiple unpaid parking tickets, the city deactivated between 5,000 and 15,000 cars per month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The Guardian reported yesterday that the city is owed $534.5 million in unpaid parking fines.
Anyway, we don't know at the moment when the boots were returned post-March 2020 ... or why the marshal booted so many in the East Village this past week.
Mayor Koch first introduced the boot... and it went out of favor for some years before making a return in 2013.