The odious boot and tow two hours later must stop
I followed the boot and tow from its birth as a pilot program, citywide implementation as a kinder alternative to just plain towing, and transformation into an insidious revenue-raising monster.
I was alerted to this evil practice by two wonderful members of the NYC driving public. Let’s call them Mark and Karen. Here’s the story.
Mark’s car was parked illegally on a snow day (he didn’t move it in time). When he visited his parking space later in the day, it was empty. Mark made the usual calls and located his car at the police pound.
He was informed that a boot and tow two hours later caused his chariot to be impounded.
Mark was charged a boot fee and tow fee, and found a piece of paper stuck on the windshield warning him if the boot wasn’t removed in two hours, the car would be towed.
Ditto for Karen, except she unwittingly parked in a temporary construction zone to earn her boot and tow.
[This is Part One of a Two-Part Series].
Here’s what the warning looked like
What are the rules for boot and tow
How do we put an end to this illegitimate behavior?
I’ve tweeted a couple of questions to the Evil Empire (@NYCFinance) to find out whether they consider this legal. If I don’t receive a reply, I’ll write to various members of the NYC Council.
If I don’t receive a reply, I’ll alert the media, and so on and so on…
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,”-Mathew 7:7
I am a furious old Jewish guy quoting Mathew 7:7…Who would have thunked it?
I am asking, seeking, and knocking at the door of the Evil Empire to find out what law, rule, or custom empowers the NYPD to charge double the fees for applying a boot and two hours later towing a vehicle.
I cannot find the authority. But, can’t imagine that the tow pound is acting ultra vires and without the proper authority to take our money.
Please enlighten us.
it ain’t over ’til the Evil Empire sings.
Stay tuned, more to come.
[Larry’s note- thanks to a wonderful website that made the feature image available to download. Thanks “Design Your Way.”
Here’s a link to Part-Two (contains Twitter Conversations, Immobilization Rule, Analysis, and Commentary).