Will city parking enforcement be ramped up?

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The City of Rochester is raising its monthly rates at parking garages downtown. If you park along the streets, how can you avoid receiving a parking ticket?

It’s common to see car boots on vehicles with outstanding tickets in downtown Rochester. The City of Rochester has one vehicle that does all the work.

A database is updated everyday with license plates that have three or more unpaid tickets that are 90 days or older. A team of two enforcement officers drive around the City until their boot camera spots one of those vehicles. They boot it and the owner is stuck until they pay the ticket. Most fines start at $300.

Since the City’s red-light camera program has been canceled, some people wonder if there are incentives for the officers to issue more parking tickets.

“Contrary to misconception, there is absolutely no quota that is put on our parking enforcement officers,” said James Smith, Director of Special Events for the City of Rochester. “There is no monthly quota, yearly quota, quarterly quota. There is no quota.”

The City tells News 8 that vehicles cannot be booted on private property and they typically do not boot before the holiday.

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