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Higher boot fee

Under an ordinance approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the fee for removing a “boot” (wheel lock) from a vehicle will increase from $125 to $150.

The “boot” is installed on a tire of a vehicle when the owner has failed to pay at least five parking tickets. After 24 hours, the vehicle is impounded. The higher fee is expected to generate about $743,700 a year.

The council also agreed to increase parking meter rates to a minimum of $1 per hour. The increase is expected to generate an additional $18 million a year for the city.