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NYPD testing “the barnacle” to replace tickets and tire boots for parking violators

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Scott R. Axelrod
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

The NYPD’s newly announced traffic enforcement tool known as “The Barnacle” will be tested over a period of two months, according to reports.

According to WPIX, a photo of “The Barnacle,” which attaches to the violator’s windshield, was posted last week by the NYPD’s chief of transportation on X, formerly Twitter.

Described as a “windshield boot,” the device allows officials “to hold those accountable, reduce parking congestion and address cars that are a nuisance and hazard to the community,” read the post.

According to the manufacturer, Barnacle Parking, the device uses commercial-grade suction cups that attach to glass with 1,000 pounds of force, making it impossible for the owner to remove.

Motorists can remove the device themselves once they enter a code or pay a required fine, the website states.

Drivers will also have to pay a $200 deposit for the device that they’ll get back when they return it to a drop box.

A driver who attempts to operate a booted vehicle while hanging their head out the driver’s side window will set off an alarm and can be tracked with GPS.

On Staten Island, officials last summer announced a crack-down on illegally parked trucks, in which several vehicles were towed and 161 summonses were issued, officials said at the time.

Tonight was the NYPD’s 1st deployment of a windshield boot aka the “Barnacle Device.” It’s used to immobilize vehicles violating parking regulations.

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