Indiana Town To Vote On Towing for Unpaid Tickets, Partnering with Collections Company

May 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Indiana, National News

The Lansing, Ind., Village Board is expected to vote in June on a project in which a private company would tow cars whose owners have three or more tickets, according to a news report.

The 42 communities that belong to the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association would pool their information about unpaid tickets into a database maintained by Receivables Management, a Lansing-based collections company, the report states. Drivers with three or more tickets in any of those south suburbs would receive a notice informing them that their car could be booted or towed if it is encountered by a vehicle operated by Receivables Management.

Village President Norm Abbott said he prefers the vehicles to be towed and company President Roger Wood said most municipalities joining the project are opting for towing as well, according to the report. Supporters hope the fear of losing an automobile will persuade people to pay their tickets.

In cases where tickets were issued by several different police departments, Lansing would get a portion of that revenue, the report states. Receivables Management already handles collection services for Lansing village government.

Wood said his company reviewed the more than $1million in debt it recovered for Lansing and found about three-quarters of it was in unpaid tickets. They also found about 1,400 automobile owners have multiple unpaid tickets from Lansing and those potential fines add up to more than $2 million, according to the report. The company also studies the number of unpaid tickets issued by Lansing and found 12.8 percent were issued to village residents.

Local police would not be involved in the discovery and towing of these vehicles.