Wrecker commission to consider parking boot issues

3:02 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) Knoxville leaders say they are working to address complaints about parking booting practices at private lots in downtown Knoxville.

Several drivers complained after they had to pay $75 to have boots removed from their cars after parking without paying in a private lot next to Market Square. They told 10 News they believed the parking was free because of a large sign that advertised "public parking."

City leaders say they've received several reports from people who found two or three boots on their cars and had to pay $75 each to have them removed.

They had originally hoped to have a proposal ready to present to the City Council at Tuesday night's meeting, which would amend the current ordinance. But after getting more feedback, they've decided to put the issue in the hands of the wrecker commission which will then make recommendations to the council.

"We're going to take a broader approach and let everyone have the opportunity to voice their concerns, their experiences with this particular issue. They'll look at things not only regarding booting, but also signage in these lots and fees as well," said Christi Branscom, deputy to the mayor.

The wrecker commission will hold a meeting within the next 30 days to discuss the issue. The meeting will be open to the public and people are invited to come and share their opinions and experiences.

The details for the meeting are not yet set.

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