Eyes on the Street: Smart Parking Boots On L.A. Streets

Smart boot on car in Koreatown today. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Smart boot on car in Koreatown today. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
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On a bike ride today, I spotted two of LADOT’s new high-tech smart boots on Koreatown streets. As SBLA reported earlier, LADOT uses these new boots on cars with five or more unpaid violations. The new high-tech boot is more customer-friendly, allowing for less towing and impounding, and quicker online/phone payment to get the boot released.

Car with smart boot
Car with smart boot today in Koreatown

Not related to the boot, but in other parking news, starting next week LADOT will begin enforcing the city’s clarified prohibition against parkway parking. Note that parkways are that area between the sidewalk and the street (see full city description here). Below is LADOT’s full press statement (dated tomorrow, released today).

Press Release: Parking on ‘Parkways’ Prohibited
L.A.M.C. 80.53 to be enforced on Los Angeles streets

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 9, 2017)

On August 14, 2017, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin to enforce L.A.M.C. 80.53 Parkway Violation in Los Angeles. The Ordinance prohibits the stopping, standing, or parking of a vehicle in the Parkway.

A parkway is the area of the public right-of-way not intended for vehicular use between the sidewalk and the curb. A parkway can also be located where no curb exists between the sidewalk and the public street, which the City has reserved for landscaping and utilities. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within the area of a Parkway. For parkway violators, penalties include issued citations.

LADOT is continuing to help make our streets safer for all Angelenos. Over the last year, LADOT has been enacting active programs which allow our streets to be more livable; these include Safe Streets, People St., and our flagship program Vision Zero.
For more information on the enforcement of the Parkway Violation, please visit us at www.ladot.lacity.org.

  • Jake Bloo

    I think there’s going to be huge outcry if they start ticketing people who park in front of their own driveways. Despite that space being technically public, everyone considers it theirs, and people are gonna freak.

  • Tree Squid

    I didn’t think Ktown could get any worse, this just elevated it to a whole ‘nother level. People are legit going to have lose jobs because they’ll have to sell their cars, or move out completely. Y’all should go take a walk through Ktown North to South after 4pm and watch the mayhem when this goes into effect.

  • D Man

    Hey Joe, you see “Look First Walk Second” in Oregon? How dare they try to get pedestrians to be responsible and look before crossing the street . That’s pedestrian shaming and victim blaming. Pedestrians should be able to cross the street whenever and wherever they want. Even the freeway too.

  • Eder Cheddar

    “…that space being technically public, everyone considers it theirs…”

    But it’s not theirs. Even though its convenient for people, the city is just using another exploitation to rake in more money,

  • Joe Linton

    What Eder said – and it’s not quite “everyone” – but it’s “drivers” who consider it theirs, when cars are already allotted so much space in our neighborhoods. I think it’s important to keep cars out of pedestrian spaces – these drivers drive on sidewalks, block them, break them.

  • Joe Linton

    I’ve observed the Koreatown “mayhem” already – when these parkway drivers drive on sidewalks and get into shouting matches with pedestrians. If drivers can stop using the sidewalk, then, for pedestrians, it won’t be mayhem, it will be peace. http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/04/12/parkway-parking-really-bugs-me-lets-fix-it/

  • Eder Cheddar

    I think as Los Angeles continues to grow and more and more people go from “2 car households” to 3, 4, 5 or more… parking starts to become scarce. In some instances parking is almost as important as housing itself. It’s a convenience a lot of Angelinos don’t even think about. Parking their car at home and even having a parking garage at work, etc.

    But breaking the law is breaking the law. You either abide or you get a ticket.

  • Jake Bloo

    I agree with you when it comes to the parkways, but what about the space in front of driveways?

    This is not something I am personally affected by, but I know it’s going to upset a lot of people.


This car received a citation for parking in the parkway at a Koreatown DASH bus stop. All photos taken today by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

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