NEW ORLEANS - At today's regular City Council meeting, the Council unanimously passed a parking citation ordinance, which was introduced by District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett at the meeting on April 5, raises the threshold for booting cars in New Orleans. Ordinance No. 32,236 represents a joint effort by Councilmember Brossett and State Senator J.P. Morrell, to amend the City Code to increase the threshold for booting or "immobilizing" a vehicle due to unpaid parking citations from one to three.
Since 2009, the City's booting statute of just a single ticket has proven an extreme and unsustainable cost burden. Councilmember Brossett's effort has been widely hailed and applauded by local residents, many of whom have suffered the high costs of booted cars without ever having known they had received a ticket.
"I'm extremely proud to see this measure pass today and would like to thank Senator Morrell and my colleagues on the Council for their support," said Councilmember Brossett. "New Orleanians deserve better than the harsh and unfair treatment they've received under the previous policy."
Many in New Orleans live just above the poverty line or struggle to pay the bills they already have as a result of the City's high costs of living. All outstanding tickets, delinquency fees, and a boot fee must be paid before the boot is removed. This ordinance, which Brossett feels is long overdue, will finally help ease the financial burden for New Orleans residents and their families.