Update: Syracuse Common Council reportedly plans to withdraw a proposed law that would ban the practice of booting vehicles on private property. Councilor Steve Thompson proposed withdrawing the legislation, in order to change the wording of the law.
Thompson had initially proposed the legislation, with the city’s approval, earlier this month.
Reportedly, he said the currently language in the proposed law is too “broad.”
Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced her administration will introduce legislation to Syracuse’s Common Council that will ban the practice of booting vehicles on private property.
According to the legislation, the use of vehicle immobilization devices on private property, by property owners or by private companies hired by property owners, would be prohibited, and violations of the ordinance would be enforced by the police.
Violators would be cited, and subject to a $500 fine, or 60 days in prison.
“This legislation cheap valium takes an important action in safeguarding car owners from often expensive and exploitative booting on private property,” Mayor Miner stated. “While drivers should be careful not to park in private lots, it is entirely unfair for businesses to boot their cars, trapping drivers while they are forced to wait, and pay hefty fees.”
Private lot owners currently often boot vehicles instead of having cars towed from their properties. The vehicles’ owners are commonly charged $150 to have a boot removed from their vehicles.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler has also recently written a letter to the city clerk requesting legislation against private booting, following a number of complaints from residents regarding the practice.
City Council may vote on the legislation as soon as its next meeting, the city said.