From a recent Richmond City press release:
Standard Parking Corporation, the City’s parking enforcement contractor, is implementing some changes that will enhance the parking services the City provides.
Beginning April 1, Standard Parking will begin using License Plate Recognition Technology to assist with ‘booting’, or immobilizing, vehicles with three or more outstanding parking tickets.
Throughout the transition to Standard Parking Corporation, the City has been lenient in collecting fees for delinquent tickets. However, as Standard Parking continues to move forward with new parking services, the City is preparing to enforce fines for unpaid violations.
Parking Enforcement Officers will operate vans with two cameras mounted on the roof to identify license plates of ‘scofflaw’ vehicles. Once the license plate information has been verified, an orange ‘boot’ will be attached to either the driver’s side front or rear wheel to immobilize the vehicle.
Two notices will be placed on booted vehicles, on the driver’s side window and the windshield, with the full amount due, including a $60 processing fee for the boot. Before vehicles can be released all delinquent fines and subsequent fees must be paid in full. The boot will be removed within 45 minutes of the City receiving payment.
The City is encouraging residents to pay all unpaid parking tickets to avoid getting a boot on your vehicle. If your vehicle is booted for unpaid fines, tickets can be paid in the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall with cash, credit card, debit card or money order. No checks will be accepted.
There is a 2.5 percent convenience fee for debit or credit card payments.