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HB 925 amends Occupations Code relating to regulations for booting vehicles. The bill would modify the definition of a boot. The Texas Transportation Commission would be directed to set a maximum amount for the boot removal fee.
Additionally, the bill would add a provision that would allow a parking facility to boot a vehicle if the vehicle has been parked in the parking facility continuously for 30 minutes or longer.
A booting company responsible for the installation of the boot on the vehicle would be required to remove the boot within one hour after being contacted by the owner. If the company fails to remove the boot within an hour the fee associated with the boot would be waived. An administrative fee would be assessed by the commission on the booting company for violating the hour provision.
The bill would create a mandatory license removal for any booting companies that fail to remove a boot after one hour of being contacted by the owner, if this failure occurs twice within a five year period.
We oppose this legislation which would add further state level regulations to booting which is properly a local issue. We have elsewhere supported legislation this session to abolish state licensing for booting, put in place some basic guidelines, and otherwise turn regulation of booting activities over to local governments. For these reasons we oppose HB 925.