Birmingham city council considers new towing, booting rules

Birmingham city council considers new towing, booting rules

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Under the new rules, towing companies would have a cap on how much they can charge to tow or boot a vehicle. Source: Alan Collins Under the new rules, towing companies would have a cap on how much they can charge to tow or boot a vehicle. Source: Alan Collins
If the rules are approved, new signs will be put in place to make sure drivers can clearly see if they are parking in a reserved spot or not. Source: Alan Collins If the rules are approved, new signs will be put in place to make sure drivers can clearly see if they are parking in a reserved spot or not. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council held another public hearing on a proposed towing and booting ordinance.

Business owners say they want a parking space for their customers and employees. They also want an ordinance to crack down on those who park illegally.

"They are rude. They are ugly. They demand hundreds of dollars for you to get your car back," Birmingham City Councilwoman Valerie Abbott said.

The ordinance seeks to restrict how much money the public would have to pay for booting fees and storage for their towed vehicles. There would also be a requirement for business owners to photograph vehicles which are towed.

Some believe the ordinance is too complicated and the council is moving too quickly.

"If businesses in downtown Birmingham don't feel they can [provide] parking places for their employees [due to] people illegally parking, they will look for other places to locate," Don Erwin with the Barber Companies said.

Councilman Johnathan Austin says the ordinance should not be a surprise since they have been working on it for four years.

"At the end of the day, the business owner doesn't want to pass any kind of ordinance but they are trying to obligate their responsibility to the guys they hire to enforce parking in our parking lot," Austin said.

The proposed ordinance heads back to the committee of the whole. The council is hoping for some sort of compromise.

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