Chapter 14 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC*
Section 14-312 Immobilization of vehicles for unpaid parking tickets.
(a) A vehicle may be immobilized by means
of a mechanical boot if there are four (4) or
more parking tickets issued against the vehicle that remain unpaid more than fifteen (15) days
after issuance or, in the case of a contested ticket, after the vehicle has been finally adjudged to
have been illegally parked. A mechanical boot is a device that can be attached to
the wheel of
a motor vehicle to prevent it from being driven.
(b) Immobilization by means of a mechanical
boot shall be limited as follows:
(1) Immobilization shall not exceed twenty-four
(24) hours, except that a police officer may
reduce the period because of safety or traffic considerations.
(2) No vehicle shall be immobilized unless
the vehicle is found on a public street or public
(3) No vehicle shall be immobilized within
the traveled portion of any street or portion of
any street or sidewalk when the immobilization would create a hazard.
(4) If the registered owner or operator
of the vehicle fails to pay the outstanding parking
tickets or fails to post a cash or surety bond for all unresolved parking tickets within twenty-four
(24) hours, the city may have the vehicle towed to a place of impoundment.
(5) Whenever a vehicle has been immobilized
by means of a mechanical boot, a notice shall
be placed on the vehicle stating the time and date the immobilization device was placed on the
vehicle, and briefly describing the means of securing removal of the mechanical boot within the
twenty-four (24) hour period.
(c) The registered owner or operator
of an immobilized vehicle may secure removal of the
mechanical boot within the twenty-four (24) hour period either by payment of all outstanding
parking tickets or by posting a cash or surety bond for all unresolved parking tickets.
(Ord. No. 19250, § 1, 10-2-06)
(Ord. 19250, Added, 10/02/2006)