Atlanta Officials Mull Vehicle 'Booting' Ordinance

After complaints by Atlanta residents and visitors, the ordinance could end up banning "booting" altogether in Atlanta.

Atlanta officials are in the process of creating an ordinance to strengthen the city's regulation of vehicle booting companies, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The ordinance is being pushed by Councilman Kwanza Hall and would require parking lot operators to provide payment receipts, as well their contact information.

The legislation, which is still being drafted, could change in the next few weeks as the city's attorneys continue to work on the the issue. Hall said one idea is banning booting entirely, as was done in unincorporated Gwinnett County in 2007 and Cobb County in 2004.

This news comes as a result of many Atlanta residents and visitors complaining of abuses by vehicle booting companies, which patrol private parking lots and clamp the metal "boots" onto vehicles for nonpayment of parking fees.

The standard fee to have a technician remove a boot is $75. 

In early July, an in the city after his car was damaged from a boot in Buckhead. In the report from CBS Atlanta, Sai Reddy said he had not only paid to park and should never have gotten booted in the first place, a technician damaged his vehicle when trying to remove the boot.

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Would you like to see vehicle booting banned in Atlanta? Let us know in the comments below!

Dbc August 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Ban the boot!
Andrew August 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Karma! You can only extort people for so long before they fight back. Next up is ParkAtlanta and their abusive ticketing practices. Job well done Sai.
Brett August 02, 2012 at 08:06 PM
These people need to find a decent way to earn a living. They have been hiring individuals who are dishonest and extremely rude. It's hard to believe how many people I know that this has happened to. Enough is enough! The City Council needs to step and completely ban this practice. They booted a bus that was carrying kids just the other day. I mean really? A bus that's carrying kids!
Lucy Mauterer August 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I have seen the booting situation get ugly. Several years ago I was in the Around Lenox parking lot after eating at one of their restaurants and there was a very ugly altercation between a booter and a bootee. I had my young grandchild with me and it looked like blows were going to ensue so we left quickly. I did not like to see that. On another note, I am mobility challenged but don't use handicapped spaces. If my car was booted, it could cause me an extreme physical hardship waiting for the attendant. They don't stay in the parking lots. You have to call them and wait, sometimes in the pouring rain, freezing cold or scorching heat. And as the above article states, sometimes they just boot for the fun of it even after you have paid. Ban that boot. There has got to be a better way.
Bigbooter August 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Believe me if i stop booting I'm bringing out my tow truck $125 a pop plus $25 a day and extra $50 if lot is closed so do the math or just be normal and obey the parking rules and regulations
Bigbooter August 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Think about that then u will be crying about not having your car and having to take a cab instead. No way around it u park on private property and don't pay or park illegally I will get u I been prepping for this day I got two tow trucks and a lot ready to make a killing the old fashion way
Bigbooter August 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Y'all better think twice cause what u want might just happen
wayne September 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank You "Bigbooter" for your perspective but this is not about paying or not paying its about getting a receipt. I'm pretty sure you will agree that the parking lots that don't give a receipt should not have the right to boot. Now if you give a receipt, then the car owner and the parking lot owner/booter really have nothing to disagree about.
SL October 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I had the pleasure of getting extorted from one of these fine individuals yesterday. He was nice enough to watch me leave my car as he sat in his 3 feet away from me. After returning with a coffee I was informed that i had parked on private property and need to "pay up". Now i follow many rules on this earth, but the signs are clearly placed to where you will think it is acceptable to park in the lot. The booter was nice enough to show me his bullshit card and tell me how I needed to keep my voice down. End these types of things for good. And for you bigbooter, I wish nothing good upon you if you continue to pull these fancy moves.
S.K. December 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Keep booting the Vehicles that is only way the Atlanta Society is going to pay for parking. So I am in favor of booting a vehicle. People in atlanta hard headed. In New York If you skip paying your parking ticket, the police officer will write you parking citation, the traffic court judge will order you to pay the original amount on the plus a fine on the original on the ticket. So I am in favor of vehicle keep up the good work.
Merlin The Musician January 27, 2013 at 03:21 PM
The current situation regarding booting is that the state, county, and municipal legislative authorities in the Atlanta area have abdicated their responsibility to make laws that regulate these evil practices. Booting itself is illegal in many states, and even states (like Nevada for example), have made it illegal for anyone who isn't a government official (like private booting companies) to boot cars. The danger is in the fact that when you get booted, you basically have to call a stranger and tell them your location, and that you are carrying cash. The fact that no one within the arrangement (lot owners, booting companies, and tickets booth operators) takes any responsibility for providing recourse, should be a red flag for the people, the government, and law enforcement. It isn't "market forces" that make the boot work, it's a total monopoly on the recourse options one has. It is going to be banned, that's a fact. The question is: When will someone "important" enough to make a difference get booted and feel the injustice and outrage. To "Bigbooter" I say this, your industry is corrupt, your operators are corrupt, and the employees who work for booting companies are not trained in any way, other than how to extort money from people. They are almost always rude, violent, and have a generally deplorable attitude. The examples of illegal and improper booting are too numerous to name, and the industry is breathing its' last gasp.
rob February 13, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Can i get a copy of invoice Robbenline at yahoo . Com
Patricia March 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Booting should definitely be banned!!! A vehicle is private property and should be treated as such. If consent isn't given to put anything on a vehicle then isn't it illegal to boot? Not to mention the hardships boots cause... This is an extremely unfair practice and its long overdue to be STOPPED!'n
Courtney April 19, 2013 at 04:17 AM
How can you even give them the privilege of calling them a "technician" for taking a boot off a car?. This is a joke! Do NOT boot my car I'm a empty parking lot!


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