Ryan proposes legislation targeting predatory parking practices in private lotsThe Buffalo News #Private_LotsJanuary 13, 2019
Ryan was joined by Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace, D-Lancaster Thursday in the Theater District as he announced legislation designed to “prevent the predatory practices currently taking place in private lots across New York State,” he said.
• Make it illegal to use an immobilizing boot on vehicles parked in private lots.
Signs read “From $5 to $75” with smaller print allowing for higher prices “during special events.”
And there’s no one around to ask any questions to, that’s for sure.
“It’s a classic bait and switch.
Ryan also decried how private lot owners can tow vehicles, or immobilize them via boots, at great cost to consumers.
“People park in lots that aren’t clearly marked, and then come back only to find their car has either been towed, or booted,” Ryan said.
“Get this: The cost to get the boot off your car in the City of Buffalo, is $150 in cash.
Wallace railed against private lot owners’ practice of keeping cars from owners – or keeping them immobilized via a boot – until a cash payment is made.
I don’t know why we’re letting parking people have special privileges that no other business has.”