Albuquerque man warns of illegal car booting downtown

Updated: 08/27/2014 10:20 PM | Created: 08/27/2014 9:01 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- After a man told KOB Eyewitness News 4 his truck was booted illegally in downtown Albuquerque, it prompted us to take a second look at the City of Albuquerque ordinance.

Marcos Chavez's car was booted at the BBVA Compass Bank Building parking lot at 5th and Marquette.  Chavez says he was booted after doing business inside the bank. 

The private lot management company ended up removing the boot without charge.  But KOB decided to look at the rules laid out in the city ordinance.

Here is what to check for before you park and leave:

1.  Make sure the signs posted have a date and time of enforcement, a posted fee and a number for you to call if you get booted.

2.  Their fee can't exceed $75.00.

3.  They cannot boot an occupied vehicle.  

But Assistant City Attorney Greg Wheeler says if the lot workers seem like vultures looking for their next meal, you may just want to pick another lot to park in.

"We get a lot of complaints about predatory booting.  I think it has that title for a reason, because sometimes there are people sitting in a parking lot, in my view, who are there more to try and catch someone than they are to try and police the parameters of their parking lot," Wheeler said.

If you do get booted, the company is required to post a notice on your window.  Also, when you call to get it removed, the company has one hour to do so and they must provide you with a receipt.

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