Memphis 'Boot & Tow' Program All Tow, No Boot

Memphis 'Boot & Tow' Program All Tow, No Boot

Don't worry about getting the boot in Memphis. The city program that is supposed to boot your car if you don't pay your parking tickets only exists on paper. Not a single car has been booted in the past year.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Don't worry about getting the boot in Memphis. The city program that is supposed to boot your car if you don't pay your parking tickets only exists on paper. Not a single car has been booted in the past year.

A big deal was made about the city's new boot program when it was launched in 2012. People who owed money for parking tickets were supposed to have boots put on their cars, but we've uncovered why no one's really getting the boot.

We found the wheel locks, also known as boots, in a city storage closet. Most of them were still in the original boxes, unopened. In fact the folks at the clerk's office had to open a box to show us a boot.

At first the city said 50 were purchased, but we found only nine were actually ordered. According to the booting and towing report for this year, not a single car was booted for outstanding parking tickets.

City Court Clerk Thomas Long says the boots are collecting dust for several reasons and they are all connected to manpower. City council decided his employees shouldn't handle the boots for safety reasons, and only one or two police officers focus on parking ticket offenders.

Long says instead of booting, police are towing parking ticket offenders.

"We get more bang for our buck towing as opposed to putting a boot on a car," Long says, which makes you wonder why the city created the boot program in the first place.

The city didn't end up spending a lot of money on the boots - just $2,700 for 9 boots - but given the fact they are still wrapped up in their boxes, some say every dollar counts.

Clerk Long says the boots don't need to be returned. In the future, they will be used.

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