Conyers Police Enact Ordinance Prohibiting Booting
Mayor Vince Evans and the Conyers City Council passed an ordinance at the August 7, 2019 city council meeting at the recommendation of the Conyers Police Department to prohibit the practice in which private companies use vehicle immobilization services, also known as “booting,” to affix mechanical locking devices, i.e. “boots,” on allegedly unauthorized vehicles that have parked in privately owned parking lots.
According to Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson, the regulation of the booting practice has become increasingly difficult to regulate and recent incidents involving booting companies have created a drain on public safety resources.
“The experiences our officers and citizens have had with booting companies have often been contentious and the fines imposed are unreasonable and exorbitant,” said Chief Wilson. “The time and manpower our officers have devoted to attempting to regulate the booting practice in Conyers had reached a point that something had to be done.”
The ordinance was passed unanimously by the council and takes effect immediately. Conyers Police have begun notifying the major property management companies in the city limits about the new ordinance before strict enforcement begins.