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July 2019

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Given today's hours of service en- forcement realities, the need for park- ing in busy corridors has grown more pressing. Eagle Express small-fleet owner Leander Richmond believes there's been an uptick in businesses "contracting with property owners by selling a 'parking enforcement ser- vice.' All they're really doing is laying in wait for someone to park there," he says. e site could be a vacant lot or any site not designated for parking. While such a contractor may be a towing company, increasingly the "enforcement service" could be little more than a guy driving a four-wheel- er with a so-called "windshield boot" in the trunk. He finds a truck parked where it's not supposed to be and pulls out what Richmond describes as a windshield-sized cover – oen bright yellow – that attaches to the windshield with suction and is "al- most impossible to get off," he says. Richmond has launched a website to collect details of such incidents and traditional wheel-bootings. In addition to listing details at ReportABoot.com, drivers who have a receipt for payment can upload a copy there, too. Informa- tion about incidents even three years old could be helpful. Kicking back at boot-based moneymakers Leander Richmond's efforts to push for greater oversight of private-party "parking enforcement" providers could prevent further escalation of conflicts around truck parking. Find his crowdsourcing locations for booting incidents via ReportABoot.com. 12 | Overdrive | July 2019

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