Simmering under the surface is a Provo problem that has been bugging me for years. That is the twin evils of Booting and Towing. I’ve heard enough to believe that some (not all) booting and towing companies are predatory in nature and take advantage of students and visitors.
To be clear, this does not include legitimate companies that offer towing services. I’m talking about those bad guys who lurk around waiting to jump on a vehicle left 30 seconds to run a plate of brownies to a sick friend. Instead of finding a $15 parking ticket they find their car across town with a bill over $250.
Imagine the disgust of a recent visitor who attended an event in Provo. She paid a parking attendant a fee to park in a parking lot. But she didn’t read the fine print that allowed her car to be towed because she wasn’t back by 10 p.m. The same company that sold her the parking space towed the car.
In truth, I’m not sure what can be done but it’s time to take a hard look. We are constrained by state law in many ways, but within our ability, I want to make sure we are doing all we can. This Tuesday, the municipal council will be discussing the topic in their work session. You can find the agenda here.
How can you help? Send me your stories. I want to compile a record of the unfair practices. The more details you can give me the more valuable your help. Send them to my email at email@example.com.