City officials want to reduce the number of tickets required to slap on a wheel clamp.
Currently, five outstanding unpaid tickets are enough to warrant a boot in LA. The boot, aka the Denver boot or wheel clamp, locks the car in place. The city also can impound a car until the ticket is paid.
A proposal on the mayor's desk would reduce the number of tickets required before a can can be clamped to three or four.
The plan is among the items included in the city's proposed 2009-10 State Legislative Program. It's the city's way of telling the Legislature that LA supports a bill that would reduce the number of tickets necessary before a vehicle can be impounded.
According to the LA Department of Transportation, the five-ticket requirement is an "overly lenient policy that discourages vehicle owners from paying their parking citations in a timely manner."
The LA Times reported that the city bring in $19 million through enforcement of its parking code. That figure would increase by $26 if the number of citations was reduced to four, and an additional $61 million if the cutoff was at three tickets.