SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke told 22News he’s very pleased with the license plate reading program that’s placed boots on almost 7-hundred vehicles since 2012.
The program cost the state more than 60-thousand dollars, but since it began, the city’s collected close to two million in overdue excise taxes and unpaid parking tickets.
The program has support among the people 22News spoke with. Les Cooke of Russell said, “I think it’s a good idea and you know I think there’s a lot of cars in Springfield just sitting there that owe money.”
The license plate scanners show Springfield’s Parking Authority how much money in outstanding fees the driver owes, and only boots cars that owe over 5-hundred dollars and were issued several prior warnings.
The program is only effective in downtown Springfield but on Monday the City Council decided to expand to other parts of Springfield.