City gets big bucks from booting cars

By Ben Wolf - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -   In a KSLA News 12 follow-up, the city of Shreveport is 'cashing in' by booting cars.

The ordinance has been on the books for a long time, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago, the city started actually booting vehicles downtown and so far it's brought in big time bucks for the city.

Carlos Hullaby is armed with a touch screen device that has a wireless connection to a portable printer.

Those things can give you a parking ticket and potentially a boot on your car.

"I think the most we've booted so far in one day is about seven," said Hullaby.

In the last three weeks Carlos and other people working for the Downtown Development Authority have booted enough vehicles to generate $18,000 for the city of Shreveport.

"The main thing was we had to have an appeals officer in place before we could start booting and the mayor appointed an appeals officer because it has to be appointed through the mayor," said contract service administrator Themessia Fenceroy.

You don't get the boot for merely parking incorrectly once.

"In order for you to boot your car, you have to have three or more outstanding citations," said Fenceroy.

Conceivably you could park perfectly, feed the meter, and still receive a boot on your car.

That's because parking workers can check any vehicle's ticket history in a matter of seconds.

And you never know when it will be yours.

If the city does boot your car, you must pay all of your outstanding fines plus a $30 boot fee before five o'clock that day, or the car is towed.

That would tack on an additional $50 tow fee.

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