Austin Police seeks to regulate vehicle booting industry
Austin, Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Houston man accused of repeatedly throwing dog against wall and killing it
ߦ   Pearland police find three bodies in home after report of shooting
ߦ   Police News Links
ߦ   Teacher Jailed For Providing Alcohol To Students
ߦ   Two Die, Child Dies In House Fire
ߦ   Undocumented Alien Sent to Prison for Illegally Entering the United States
ߦ   Bank Teller Sentenced for Bank Fraud, Theft
ߦ   Constable Deputies Jail Serial Thief in Atascocita
ߦ   Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend to Host Mission and Martini Night
ߦ   Galveston College News: Surgical Technology program receives CAAHEP accreditation
ߦ   Governor Abbott Sets Date For Special Runoff Election In Harris County
ߦ   Inmate Dies at Travis County Correctional Complex
ߦ   Joaquin “El Chapo’ Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel Leader, Convicted of Running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Other Drug-Related Charges
ߦ   Jury Convicts Round Roick Man For Kidnapping Two Sisters
ߦ   Kentucky sheriff suspends law enforcement due to lack of funding
ߦ   League City man dies in Caribbean automobile accident
ߦ   Multiple White Supremacist Gang Members among 54 Defendants Charged in RICO Indictment
ߦ   Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Threatening Shooting Spree at Eugene Church
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity Summary
ߦ   Police News Links
ߦ   Report: Former Constable Lt. Stole from Harvey Victims and Taxpayers
ߦ   SAPD officer shot after chasing suspect at apartment complex
ߦ   Seven Defendants Convicted in Securities Fraud Conspiracy
ߦ   Six Convicted for Roles in Multi-Million Dollar Black Market Peso Exchange Money-Laundering Scheme
ߦ   Teen Arrested With Weapon On School Property
ߦ   Three Individuals Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Bribery Schemes Involving VA Program for Disabled Military Veterans
ߦ   Two robbery suspects in 'violent crew' dead after officer-involved shooting in Cinco Ranch

 
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
© 1999-2019 The Police News. All rights reserved.