After 3 years of heated debate the Birmingham City Council has approved a new amended ordinance to cover booting and towing illegally parked vehicles.
Several drivers have complained about their vehicles being powerless while going out to Five Points business district. They also complained about the high cost of getting their vehicles back from Towing Companies
The way parking lots look now they are Venus Fly Traps. The look attractive on the outside but when you get on the inside you get fixed up in the web and you cannot escape without paying $300 dollars to get your car back. Austin said.
South side businesses said they wanted to apply illegal parking because it was hurt their business. Don Erwin, VP of Development of Barber Companies, said illegal parking was attractive away spots from employees working at lab testing company which lease a Barber building.
The signage is clearly delineated from street parking and all these employees want to be a place to park and do their job, Erwin said.
However, businesses also say that new supplies will cost them more money. Erwin says the requirement to put in landscape and fencing to clearly differentiate between legal and street parking would cost his company up to $100,000.
The council changed some of the language to allow alternative to chain link fencing. Councilman Johnathan Austin, who represents part of South side, says the ordinance also requires those towing to treat the public with courtesy and to dress efficiently. That means no cutoffs, tank tops or flips flops.