Austin Police seeks to regulate vehicle booting industry
Austin, Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   City to replace sheriff's commander who oversaw Parkland shooting response
ߦ   Dedicated Law Enforcement Effort Leads to Capture of Indiana Fugitive in 1999 Molestation Case
ߦ   DPS Launches iWatchTexas Mobile App
ߦ   Fighting Cybercrime at the Local Level
ߦ   Former Harris Co. deputy convicted on child pornography charges, sentenced to 27 years in prison
ߦ   Law enforcement celebrates graduation of son of fallen DPS trooper
ߦ   Mayor of Philadelphia Celebrates Sanctuary City Title
ߦ   Milwaukee officer dead, another hurt in rollover crash
ߦ   Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will appear on hit TV show 'COPS'
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activit/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Pulse nightclub shooting survivors sue Orlando, its police
ߦ   Sheriff Fires Deputy For Beating Him In Election
ߦ   Sheriff’s detective seizes $95,930 during traffic stop in Georgetown
ߦ   Supreme Court limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes
ߦ   U.S. Marshals, FBI Urge Public to Report Phone Scams
ߦ   WANTED for Assault and Indecent Exposure!
ߦ   'Anti-Violence' School Dean Shoots Student In Head For Not Selling Enough Weed
ߦ   BCSO deputy Rickrolls in Facebook post while waiting for speeders
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Fired Cop's Family Ready To Sue News Sites Spreading Lies About Incident
ߦ   Galveston County Sheriff's Office - Daily Bulletin
ߦ   Hero Down: Westfield Police Detective Eric Lieberman Dies Unexpectedly
ߦ   IN MEMORIAM - Bill Spaulding - Houston Police Dept (Ret)
ߦ   Individual Wanted for Questioning in Fatal Assault at 5200 Telephone Road
ߦ   Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake
ߦ   Man Charged In La Marque Homicide
ߦ   Officer wounds self during pursuit near San Diego marathon
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Weekend Activity/Arrests Summary
ߦ   SAPD officer arrested on felony charge after he allegedly choked wife at West Bexar County home
ߦ   Suspect Arrested, Charged in DWI Crash at 900 Gulf Freeway
ߦ   Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 9510 Langdon Lane
ߦ   Suspect in 4 Phoenix-area slayings kills himself
ߦ   Trucker Comes Upon A Man Trying To Murder Cop, Brings A Whooping With Him
ߦ   Video Claims Cops Strangled Unarmed Man, Then Bodycam Is Released With Truth

 
Search Archives:

AUSTIN, Texas — Parking can be a pain in the Austin area, and it can even be more frustrating when a car gets booted. The Austin Police Department is now looking to regulate the industry.

Despite the red and white warning signs posted at private properties across Austin, APD is still getting complaints about having to pay for the removal of a vehicle boot. 

“We’ve received telephone call in regards with the fees that were charged with booting,” said  Commander Eric Miesse of the Highway Enforcement Command. “We’ve also had officers respond to 911 calls of disturbances at the parking lots between the citizens and the people booting the vehicle.” 

It could cost at least $150 to remove a boot, APD said. There are currently no limitations to how much a booting company can charge, and in September, statewide deregulation of the industry goes into effect. 

“Once the deregulating happens, it’s hard to say how much somebody could get charged, how many boots they could put on a vehicle, could they charge for each boot,” Miesse said. 

APD wants to create a citywide ordinance limiting fees that car booting companies could impose. They plan to work with the Austin Transportation Department to issue licenses and permits, as well as do criminal background checks. They also want operators to wear identification. The draft proposal will be presented to the Urban Transportation Commission later this month, in hopes of having the Austin City Council review it by September. In the meantime, APD is asking drivers to stay cautious. 

“Even if you’re going to be in there for a minute it doesn’t take but a few seconds to get a boot on,” Miesse said. “There are people looking, because it’s easy money.”

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.