Local booting laws are confusing. Will Ga. lawmakers do anything?

6:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 Atlanta News
Sarah Saltzman stands in the AVALON Whole Foods market parking lot where her she had to pay $75 to get her car unbooted. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Booting of improperly parked cars is allowed by ordinance in Marietta but outlawed in Cobb County. Atlanta allows it by ordinances, while Alpharetta allows it by neglect.

As a result, Georgia is a patchwork of laws and lawlessness when it comes to the booting of cars on private property, which can leave drivers feeling confused.

State law allows private property owners to tow improperly park cars and towing is a highly regulated activity as a result. Booting isn’t mentioned, so companies and their clients are often free to make up the rules as they go.

That has some thinking the State Legislature should study the issue and either decide if the practice is illegal or establish some rules to govern it.

Read more about the controversy over booting in this week’s AJC Watchdog here.