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Car boots return to NYC

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The wheel clamp otherwise known as the boot is making a comeback in New York City. 

The Bloomberg administration is reportedly planning to replace the towing of most vehicles citywide with the booting program this summer.

Vehicles owned by drivers who owe more than $350 in outstanding fines will be booted.

The New York City Department of Finance contracted with PayLock IPT LLC in 2012 to provide its patented self-release booting solution

According to PayLock, its staff, working with NYC Sheriff Deputies in a test project, are already patrolling city streets using License Plate Recognition technology to easily identify targeted vehicles.

If a car is blocking traffic or creating another safety hazard, the car could still be towed, according to the NY Times.

The new boots will be self-released. Drivers pay by phone and are given a code to unlock the boot on site.

Drivers have 48 hours to return the boots to one of the city's dozen or so locations.

The new booting program would reduce the time that drivers have to wait before getting their vehicles back.  In addition, PayLock claims the self-release booting is less expensive than towing.   Since most booted motorists will pay no tow fee and no storage fees, most vehicle owners will pay 20% to 30% less in fees to get their cars back.

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