1.5 min readBy Published On: November 18th, 2012Categories: Features0 Comments on Turn a negative into a positive

Toys for Tickets

No one likes to see an orange parking ticket on the windshield of your car.  Honestly, it ruins your day.  Mayor Menino would like to take the sting out of your parking infraction. This weekend the Toys for Tickets program is happening.  From Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1, any non-public safety parking ticket you receive you can skip paying by donating a new toy to the city’s annual toy drive.

The donated toys are given to families in need throughout Boston’s neighborhoods through a variety of programs.  This year other items are being accepted as donation too such  as coats, hats and gloves.

The scoop?

  • Tickets for public safety hazards are not eligible for this program i.e. parking in a handicapped space, blocking a fire hydrant, fire lane, crosswalk, double parking, parking less than 20 feet from an intersection and parking in a “no stopping/standing” area.
  • You must present a new toy, including the receipt, and the cost must be equal or greater to the ticket fine.
  • Kindly take your ticket, receipt and toy to one of three different locations where tickets can be exchanged for toys this year:

BTD Mobile Command Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    –    Saturday, Dec. 1, intersection of Washington and Milk Street at Downtown Crossing
    –    Saturday, Dec. 8, Samuel Adams Statue at Faneuil Hall Plaza

BTD Tow Lot, 200 Frontage Road
    –    Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    –    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Office of the Parking Clerk, Room 224, City Hall
    –    Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.