The Council's Considering Upping Towing Fees -- But Valet Parking Proposal Stalls, For Now.
City Council will
drivers pay to
a proposal to
revise and update
valet parking regulations remains on the back burner. More about that after the jump.
But following a
rate increase approved in February for emergency wreckers,
the council's Transportation and Environment Committee yesterday told the
Public Works and Transportation
department that, yeah, they're fine with increasing the
for standard passenger vehicles
(Here's the briefing for a recap of the recommendations and the reasons for 'em.) If green-lighted,
$95 to $121. Still, council members insist, the
lower than tow rates in other
Texas cities, including Fort Worth.
Linda Koop, who says most of the tows in her district are vehicles left behind by drug dealers
at apartment complexes, says she wants the rate increase to edge out
who tack on
any "bad towers"
skulking around City Hall,
made her point clear:
"For those of you in the audience, you know who you are," she said. "We're not going to tolerate it anymore."
A task force
briefing on valet parking codes, which we touched on yesterday,
promoted paid valet as a time-saver and more "efficient" use of parking spaces. The
reinforced that free
required by the city
it encourages vehicle-dominated transportation and "subsidizes" auto usage.
When PWT Associate Director John Brunk suggested paid parking would encourage carpooling, council woman Angela Hunt said until Dallas becomes a more "walkable" community, that's a pipe dream.
Both Hunt, whose district contains 70 percent of valet services in Dallas -- and council member Carolyn Davis dislike the idea of companies using free parking spaces for paid valet near adjacent residential areas. Streets clogged by drivers avoiding valet and paid parking could cause problems that existed on Lower Greenville for years .
"I don't want these folks being pushed into my neighborhoods," said Hunt.
Expect a public meeting on the subject sometime within the next few months.
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