BANGOR- There’s a crack down coming on people with unpaid parking tickets.
City of Bangor officials encourage people with multiple parking tickets to pay their fines in March.
Once April hits, Bangor parking officers might be towing cars off the street, according to community and economic development officer Tyler Collins.
“We implemented a license plate reader technology which is cameras mounted onto cars with some software which allows for more efficient and more accurate enforcement. This system can notify the driver when it passes a vehicle with three or more outstanding parking tickets,” Collins said.
He says citizens won’t have to worry about this affecting them unless they have three or more parking tickets that are each over 30 days old.
This enforcement will be focused more in the downtown area where officials say a majority of the parking fines occur.
Mainers have different reactions to license plate readers.
“I mean there’s enough free parking around. You’ve got the parking garage, there’s always spaces in there, you get two hours for free,” said one local man. “There’s really no reason to get a parking ticket around here.”
“That seems like a policy that really affects more marginalized communities, like people who can’t afford to be paying their tickets in the first place,” said another woman. “The fact that they have three overdue tickets probably means they can’t afford to pay a fourth one, let alone afford not being able to park for where they need to go to work.”
People can find out more about existing parking tickets by calling the Pickering Square Garage ticket office at 207-941-1654 or by entering their plate number at www.payvats.com.