Manchester, N.H – The City of Manchester will soon begin a two-month Late Fee Forgiveness Program, designed to offer individuals with overdue parking tickets a reprieve from late fees and vehicle boots.
“We want to give people a chance to pay the parking tickets they’ve received without having to pay the late fees incurred or risk having their car booted due to languishing parking tickets,” said Brandy Stanley, parking manager for the City.
The Late Fee Forgiveness Program begins Thursday, May 15, 2008 and runs through Tuesday, July 15, 2008. All registered vehicle owners with outstanding tickets have been mailed notices about the program, during which all late fees will be waived and the City will not boot any vehicles. The program applies to parking tickets issued before May 1, 2008.
Customers may now pay parking tickets online using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit card at www.ManchesterNH.gov/parking. The newly-launched free online payment system is convenient and easy to use.
Following the Late Fee Forgiveness Program, the penalties for unpaid parking tickets will return and in some cases, increase. After July 15, 2008, all late fees will be reinstated, the boot fee will jump from $50 to $100 and more resources will be devoted to locating and applying boots, including during overnights and the weekends. In addition, tickets more than 12 months old will be referred to collections and reported to credit bureaus. The City will also adhere to RSA 231:130-a, a law prohibiting registration of any vehicle that has outstanding parking tickets, and will send a list of those with unpaid tickets to local towns that have adopted the RSA.
“We strongly encourage people to take advantage of this program,” said Stanley. “Parkers with tickets or those who simply suspect they may have tickets should follow up and take advantage of the cost savings associated with late fee forgiveness.”
For more information about the program, call the Ordinance Violations Bureau at 603.624.6546 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.