From the Daily News:
Motorists with out-of-state license plates are finally paying parking fines after years of avoiding the fees - pumping millions of dollars into city coffers, the Daily News has learned.
A recent crackdown on scofflaws with non-New York tags has netted $18 million from Connecticut and Pennsylvania in the last 6-1/2 months alone, the Finance Department reported.
The end of the gravy train follows years during which the city did not pay other states for access to driver databases - and thus could not tow or collect from parking offenders from those areas.
Owen Stone, a Finance Department spokesman, said the obstacles to finding the offenders have been eliminated thanks to Law Enforcement Systems, the company providing the records to the city.
A source within the city marshals, which tow the worst scofflaws, said there were six states whose vehicles marshals rarely towed.
But Stone said the city is now towing from four of those six. The number of cars towed in the past 6-1/2 months were 21 from West Virginia, 65 from Vermont, 166 from Rhode Island and 243 from Ohio.
He admitted that the city did not tow a vehicle from Delaware or New Hampshire in that period - exposing one flaw in the crackdown.