Rockland offers parking ticket amnesty

Feb 26, 2013

Rockland — The city of Rockland is offering those with outstanding parking tickets the chance to clear their record at a reduced cost before new city ordinances go into affect March 13.

What is Amnesty?

Amnesty is a golden opportunity to save money. It is rarely offered and lasts for just a very short period. In a typical Amnesty Program, parking ticket penalties are waived as an incentive for motorists to clear up their old tickets. While the amount of savings at stake can be substantial, people often miss out.

Parking ticket Amnesty is complete amnesty, meaning that you only have to pay the original amount of the ticket.

The city is offering this as a goodwill gesture to citizens to clear their record at a reduced rate before the city implements several updated and new ordinances that will include the use of the disabling device, “boot”, the towing of vehicles on Wednesday, March 13.

Currently, there are more than 1,316 unpaid parking tickets in Rockland, totaling more than $25,900 including late fees. The city will initiate a one-time-only parking ticket amnesty program to increase revenues from uncollected tickets and assist people in paying off their tickets so they will avoid visiting downtown for fear of the boot. Parking ticket amnesty is in affect from Feb. 25 to March 26.

During this window, all late penalties will be temporarily removed and the ticket holder can pay the original ticket amount. Any ticket incurring a penalty during the amnesty program window, is eligible. Tickets that have already been sent to the city clerk’s office for payment and tickets that are in appeal status will be eligible for the amnesty program.

Parking ticket holders will be unable to challenge a ticket if they utilize the amnesty program.

Payments can be brought to Rockland Police Department, 1 Police Plaza.

What if I can’t afford to pay the total amount due?

We are sorry, but you must pay the full amount due to receive the amnesty reduction.

What will happen if I don’t pay my parking tickets?

These parking tickets will remain on your record. Failure to pay within 30 days will result in full penalty escalation. Moreover, as indicated above, your car(s) may be put on a Rockland Police Department boot and tow list. Finally, you may be sent a summons to court to appear on the outstanding violations.

How do I find out if I have other overdue parking tickets?

Please contact the police secretary at 594-0317 or visit the department. (Please be ready to supply your vehicle registration number during your inquiry.)

When will Amnesty start?

Parking Ticket Amnesty in the city of Rockland will be in affect for a 34-day period from Feb. 25 to March 26.The timing is right because Rockland will be introducing an updated ordinance of the “boot” device to be used to disable chronic parking violators within the city of Rockland. You'll have every opportunity to save money now by partaking in this program.

How much can I save through Amnesty?

Penalties for late payment can range from $10 to $100 per ticket.

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