by Patch Staff
Atlanta officials are in the process of creating an ordinance to strengthen the city's regulation of vehicle booting companies, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The ordinance is being pushed by Councilman Kwanza Hall and would require parking lot operators to provide payment receipts, as well their contact information.
Hall represents District 2, which includes Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward.
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.
Car booting in East Atlanta sparked a controversy last year when the owner of a private lot in the Village rented it out to a woman who began booting vehicles without any real warning that the lot was closed to "unauthorized" cars.
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