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Unpaid parking tickets could put your vehicle at stake

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If someone does not pay his or her fine within 15 days, then the fine will be $50 plus $135 dollars in court costs and a $1 state tax. If someone does not pay his or her fine within 15 days, then the fine will be $50 plus $135 dollars in court costs and a $1 state tax.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - In an attempt to crack down on unpaid parking tickets, the City of Memphis intends to implement some severe consequences for drivers not paying their fines. A new program could cause some Memphians to lose their vehicles.

Nearly two years ago the city admitted it lost anywhere from $1.5 million to $2 million annually from unpaid parking fines. Now a retooled comprehensive city program is going after people who refuse to pay the fines.

"The cost will mount up, and if they come in within a certain amount of time their cars will be impounded," said Memphis councilman Bill Boyd.

If someone does not pay his or her fine within 15 days, then the fine will be $50 plus $135 dollars in court costs and a $1 state tax.

In 60 days, another $20 late fee is added. In 90 days, another $90 fee is tacked on plus the car could be impounded or a boot will be put on the tire.

Boyd supports the new push.

"It's the fairness of the thing where all other people are obeying the law these people are getting away with it," he said.

The new program goes online next month. The city hopes to get at least $500,000 a year into Memphis.

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