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Sean Starn owns Hawaii Boot Removal. But lawmakers have sent a bill to the Governors desk banning the business, making it unlawful to apply a wheel boot to a car on public or private property.
“It will put 12 of my local workers from the Palolo district out of work,” says Starn.
He thought he was in the clear, when two other bills aimed to regulate his industry died in session.
But in 48-hours this new piece of legislation was passed through.
“I’m asking the Governor to please veto this bill, please hep us get proper regulations and please let’s work on this legislation but don’t ban us and put all these workers out of business,” says Starn.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa also uses the boot to send a strong message to students for parking violations, but not after today.
“So our students can rest assured they wont be booted tonight,” says Raymond Shito, UH Manoa Commuter and Fleet Services Manager.
As soon as lawmakers passed the ban, the University of Hawaii pulled all their boots and piled them in a dark storage closet, essentially booting the boot.
“It would help out people, you won’t have to worry about having these boots,” says UH student Caleb Dressler.
UH says their other option won’t be any easier on students.
“For students, having their car towed away is a much more expensive proposition, we feel booting is less severe,” says Shito.
Tow companies support the wheel boot ban.
As its written, anyone applying a boot could face a $100 fine per violation.
“Yes it is a loophole in the law, it could allow someone to go back to work and raise their price from $160 to $260 and be very bad for the consumer,” says Starn.
Starn isn’t in the business of breaking the law, but he may take that road and raise his boot fee to keep his business afloat.
Will the Governor ban wheel clamps on cars? His office says a decision has not yet been made. We’ll keep you posted when he does.