UT begins using wheel locks, instead of towing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee is turning to wheel locks instead of tow trucks when police officers spot cars that have racked up multiple unpaid tickets.

UT announced the change in a statement Monday. The wheel locks will also be used if an officer finds a driver is using a stolen or counterfeit disabled driver parking permit.

Drivers who find their vehicles locked can catch up their fines at the Parking and Transit Services office during business hours or the UT Police Department after hours. They can also pay online at any time. Once the fines are paid, a technician will remove the lock.

Cars blocking access can still be towed.

The wheel locks will be used, beginning July 1.

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