How did a Michigan Company Get involved In Georgia Booting
A BP gas station / truck stop located in Conley Georgia waits for big rigs, tractor-trailers to pull in. Then they take advantage of them. The Booting Company (TBC) will apply a tire boot to the rig and demand a $500 payment. Don't pay and they will tow, and THAT will cost you $675.00.
ILLEGAL BOOTING IN DEKALB COUNTY GA
Our truck pulled onto the property at 12:31PM
Our driver walked into the station to releive himself.
Our driver, immediately, returned to his truck.
Our driver draws a line in his log book and prepares to pull off of the property.
The Boot Company (TBC) driver pulls up directly in front of our bumper. - Blocking our departure.
TBC's agent gets out of his pickup and applies a boot to our truck. (Illegal in regulated areas like Atlanta)
TBC forces us to pay them $500
TBC was operating with an City of Atlanta license for booting, but outside of the city of Atlanta.
WHY OPERATE OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA AFTER LICENSING IN ATL?
- To charge $500 instead of the regulated $50 rate (in 2013)
- To threaten $675 to tow the truck if not paid immediately. (Also not allowed where regulated)
- Booting an occupied vehicle (Again, not allowed in Atlanta)
Understand this. Atlantas laws only apply to the city of Atlanta. as do their booting licenses. SO booters should NOT boot using their licensed name, when they are not booting in that regulated city.
*****Possible state law consideration: Make it illegal to boot outside of your license area while bearing and using logos, documents of the licensed company.
TBC has found a loophole in the law between booting and non-consensual towing and they are using that grey area to extort millions of dollars each year. SO, you get a license in Atlanta, then operate in other cities with no regulations, while bearing the name of the licensed company. Slick.
Authority?? Who's Authority?
This so-called Georgia parking authority is nothing of the sort. They are no authority, they HAVE no authority. They're a scam. As a matter of fact they have an official and legal sounding name but there is nothing official or legal about what they are doing. The Georgia parking authority has partnered with or contracted with the BP gas station located in Conley Georgia and what they do is wait for big rigs, tractor-trailers to pull in. Then they take advantage of them. The GPA will apply a tire boot to the rig and demand a $500 payment. Don't pay and they will tow, and THAT will cost you $675.00.
The police will respond but they will tell you that it is a civil matter.
The Georgia Code section that deals with alleged trespassing of cars on private property is in the real property section of the Code, OCGA 44-1-13. That Code Section allows the towing of trespassing vehicles on private property. What it DOES NOT do is allow the booting or immobilization of vehicles on private property in the State of Georgia. In other words, it appears to be illegal to boot cars in Georgia on private property. Read more