Austin close to setting $50 cap on vehicle booting

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the future, if your car gets booted in Austin, you won’t have to guess on how much money you’ll have to pay to get the boot off.

The Austin City Council voted Thursday to move forward with booting regulations and directed staff to meet with companies to set a price after the state voted to stop regulating it. The new state law, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2018, allows cities to regulate booting as long as local regulations meet certain minimum requirements.

The city is proposing a $50 cap on booting fees. Currently, the typical charge for booting is $150. If Austin moves forward with the $50 cap, it’ll fall somewhere in between the larger cities, with Dallas setting a cap at $100 and Houston at $25.

Booting companies will also have to apply for a permit that is $15 per operator’s permit. 

The Austin City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance later this month. 

A KXAN Investigation in July showed how a lack of regulation could lead to tow companies charging whatever they wanted. 

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