Parking and Transit Services Manual (PTS)

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Effective: 2/10/1956

Revised: 11/1/2012

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PTS 303: Towing of Illegally Parked Vehicles

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Purpose

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To provide guidelines for towing vehicles found parked on property owned or managed by ASU that are in violation of the ASU Parking Rules and Regulations

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Sources

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Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 15–1627; 28–1108
ASU Parking Rules and Regulations
Parking and Transit Services

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Policy

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A vehicle found in violation of the ASU Parking Rules and Regulations will be towed or booted at the owner’s expense when authorized by Parking and Transit Services.


Vehicles Subject to Being Booted or Towed Without Warning

A vehicle can be booted or towed with no warning issued as soon as PTS confirms one or more of the following violations or reasons:

  1. displaying a lost, stolen, altered, or counterfeit permit
  2. not displaying a license plate, vehicle identification number (VIN), or other form of identification, including intentional concealment of the VIN
  3. parking in a closed or barricaded lot
  4. unauthorized parking in a Reserved parking stall
  5. unauthorized vehicles witnessed entering or exiting (tailgating) into or out of a gated parking structure without proper permits or to avoid payment in a visitor lot
  6. failure to move a vehicle within the 72-hour or three-business-day-payment/appeals grace period following a tow warning
  7. remaining 72 hours after being booted (Arizona Revised Statutes § 15–1627)
  8. the vehicle has received a prior tow warning and also exceeds $300 in accrued parking citation penalties that have not been paid before the warning period has expired
  9. any vehicle that needs to be moved in a hazardous situation determined by PTS management

    and/or

  10. a dean’s referral may be issued for a student who commits any of the above violations or repeat violations.

Vehicles Subject to Being Booted or Towed

A vehicle can be booted or towed for the following violations. If the vehicle is to be towed, a warning must have been issued at least 72 hours (within the last nine-month period) before towing for the following violations:

  1. having $150 or more in unpaid parking citations or fines

    and/or

  2. parking in a disabled parking stall without the proper permit

    or

  3. parking in an electric vehicle charging stall with a nonelectric vehicle or with an electric vehicle but not actively charging beyond the maximum four-hour parking/charging limit.

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Exception

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This policy does not apply to vehicles seized by ASU Police Department officers as criminal evidence.

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ProcedureD

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Responsibility
Action
Parking and Transit Services (PTS)
  1. Have the vehicle that has been found parked in violation of the ASU Parking Rules and Regulations booted and/or towed, in accordance with department policy.
Owner
or
operator of towed vehicle
  1. Contact Parking and Transit Services Dispatch (480/965–0641) to arrange for payment of all citations and all associated charges including late and tow fees. Present a photo ID and proof of ownership and pay (credit card or cash only):
    1. outstanding ASU debt
    2. towing fee

      and

    3. vehicle storage charge, if applicable.
    Note: Citations and all associated charges must be paid before the vehicle will be released. Payment, if approved by PTS, may be made by a valid credit card(s) over the telephone.
PTS Dispatch
  1. Verify vehicle ownership.
  2. Receive payment and issue a receipt to the owner or operator.
  3. Authorize the towing company to release the vehicle.
Owner
or
operator of towed vehicle
  1. Reclaim the vehicle at the towing company by presenting the ASU payment receipt.

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Definition

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Booted
With respect to parking, means to disable a vehicle by attaching a vehicle immobilizer, commonly referred to as a “boot.”

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Cross-References

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For more information on parking citations and appeals, see:

  1. PTS 301, “Parking Citations”

    and

  2. the policies in PTS 400, “Parking Appeals.”

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