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More illegal parking could result in getting vehicle booted


Neighborhoods that have dealt with increased businesses, but a parking supply that has not kept up, may see an increase in cars being booted by business owners if revisions to a 2009 booting ordinance pass.

The revisions would not change booting regulations in relation to vehicles on private residential property.

The issue is especially of interest in neighborhoods like the 12th South area where businesses notice customers parking in their parking lots, but patronizing a different business.

Trim Classic Barber has dealt with the problem, called parking lot pirating, as 12th South has grown.

"When we first opened 15 years ago, parking wasn't even an issue. We had the whole street," Owner Melanie Shelley recalled. "Trim has a very famous parking lot for being pirated by other nearby businesses."

Trim shares its parking lot with Taqueria Del Sol and both businesses tow unauthorized cars parked in the parking lot.

"We have taken every measure as business owners to peacefully enforce our parking," Shelley said. "Other than having a valet only parking lot, which many of us don't want to do because it is very limiting to your guests, we don't have many other options but towing and booting."

The current 2009 booting ordinance allows the owner, or lessee, of a commercial parking lot to have a car booted after the vehicle has been ticketed twice for parking illegally.

The boot removal fee is a maximum of $25.

The proposed revised ordinance, sponsored by District 25 Councilman Sean McGuire, would allow a business owner to boot a car the first time it parks illegally in a lot of parking garage.

An earlier version of the revisions also increased the maximum boot removal fee to $75. However, that provision was deleted prior to the ordinance's second reading at the July 16, Metro Council meeting.  

"I think the booting will actually work for us," Shelley said. "What I want to make sure the council knows is that some of these fees should go to community organizations to support the neighborhoods they are actually coming from."

If a car is booted the booting company must arrive to remove the boot within one hour

of being called by a person with a boot on their vehicle.

People living in 12th South had mixed feelings about the possibility of being booted at neighborhood businesses.

"I understand it from a business perspective because you don't want people to take those spots from your customers, "Anne Claire Gibson said. "But as a driver, I could see how that is going to discourage me from going somewhere, if I am going to risk my car being booted."

She continued, "If I didn't live here I am not going to even bother driving to some places because I don't want my car to be booted."

A final vote on the booting ordinance would be planned for the next council meeting on August 6.

If passed the revisions would take effect immediately.

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