Drivers with unpaid tickets facing 'SmartBoots'

June 25, 2012 4:20:42 AM PDT
Drivers who have unpaid parking tickets could facing an even bigger headache starting Monday.

That's when New York City drivers with unpaid parking tickets could find a new type of boot on their car.

The so-called SmartBoots will be placed on cars tied to $350 or more in fines.

Drivers will have to pay the tickets and an additional fee of nearly $300 to get the boot removed.

The program will start in Brooklyn and then spread to Queens.

The SmartBoots are protected by passcodes and are the product of a New Jersey-based company called PayLock.

The tire lock can be self-released with an access code that a violator will receive after resolving his or her fines.

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