If your motor vehicle is ticketed, towed or booted under the District's parking enforcement program, you can now pay fines by credit card.

The city is accepting two national credit cards, Master Charge and VISA, for payment of tickets and other fines and fees of more than $10. Credit card payment may be made at 601 Indiana Ave. NW from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, except on District holidays.

The system, which went into effect April 30, is being administered by the Union First Bank of Washington, which will be allowed to maintain a balance in the bank from payments made to cover administrative costs.

The Department of Transportation is also negotiating with the local Central Charge company to take part in the program.

In announcing the new credit card system, D.C. Transportation Director Douglas N. Schneider Jr. said, "This system should prove much more convenient to persons whose vehicles are ticketed, impounded and booted under the parking inforcement system. We anticapte that many persons will be able to save extra trips to the bank if they can use credit cards. In addition, it will enable those whose vehicles are booted or impounded to retrieve their vehicles on evenings and weekends when banks are not open."