Private booting citywide hits roadblock

Businesses would be able to boot cars in any private parking lots citywide to prevent non-customers from using them, under a measure that had been endorsed by a Chicago City Council committee. But the plan was delayed by the full council on Wednesday.

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Motorists who park at a private lot and run across the street to buy a cup of coffee won’t have to worry just yet about returning to find their vehicles booted — in the 16 Chicago wards that don’t allow private booting, anyway. 

Not yet, at least.

A controversial ordinance to expand that motorists’ nightmare — by authorizing private booters roaming free in 34 Chicago wards to take their operations citywide — hit a roadblock at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. 

License Committee Chair Emma Mitts (37th) and retiring Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th), chief sponsor of the ordinance, wanted to head off a possible defeat. The delay provides more time for former colleague Joe Moore to line up the votes. 

“We still need to talk with some aldermen and make sure they understand the issues,” said Moore, the onetime 49th Ward alderperson now lobbying for Innovative Parking Solutions, the only private booting company currently operating in Chicago.

“We’re confident we will have the votes. [But], I’ve been here long enough to know” you can’t take anything for granted.

Currently, booting on private lots is allowed only if the local alderperson opts in — and 16 alderpersons have refused.

Moore convinced Reboyras to introduce an ordinance allowing merchants across the city to contract with private companies to patrol lots and prevent motorists from parking in spaces reserved for their customers. 

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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