WAY TO GO PARKING COMMISSION – STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE!

A WAY TO STOP THE BOOT FOR THOSE WHO DON’T DESERVE IT!

The Insite received a call from Liliana Rambo at Houston’s Parking Commission on Monday. She says the city council will soon vote on a boot ordinance. It will happen this week if no council members tag the legislation. It makes it harder for parking lot owners to boot Houstonian’s cars. The ordinance would require the lot to be registered with the police department, employees must wear uniforms, signs stating a booting policy and prices must be clearly displayed and receipts must be given to those who park. The receipt would give customers of the lot proof they’ve paid if they’re booted by the owner. What do you think about this piece of legislation? I know the Insite is jumping for joy!

Prohibited activities

It is unlawful to boot a vehicle:

  • without a booting permit from the city
  • in a parking lot that does not comply with signage requirements of the parking lot standards ordinance
  • without complying with the operating requirements of the booting ordinance. See Sec. 26-662.
  • in a lot that charges for parking but does not provide a receipt for payment of parking fees.
  • in violation of any term of a booting permit (Sec. 26-644)

Beneficial interests and rebates (kickbacks) prohibited

  • Parking lot owners, operators and managers may not:
    • have a direct or indirect monetary interest in a booting service that boots vehicles in a lot in which the owner, operating company or manager has an interest
    • accept rebates, payment of money, or any other thing of value from a boot permittee in connection with booting of vehicles (Sec. 26-645)

This provision is patterned on language found in the Texas Occupations Code 2308.402 and language in booting ordinances from other cities prohibiting financial involvement and kickbacks.