Some people owe Hartford for 30, 40, even 50 unpaid parking tickets, according to the Hartford Parking Authority, but as the agency prepares to put a "boot" on cars with unpaid citations, it's offering a 20 % discount to people who make good on up to 5 of them.
"We're changing policy to give people a chance to come clean," said the executive director, Eric Boone, "and if they have 5 tickets, they can pay their tickets before they get booted."
The booting doesn't start til July 23. The discounts end July 18.
Towing is the current approach to vehicles with unpaid tickets. Once booting begins, tow trucks won't lower their hooks for 24 hours after a boot is clamped on, so that gives scofflaws a chance to "pay up and move on".
That's the slogan on a marked car the parking authority is placing around Hartford to get the word out.