Cache car booting company seeks fee increase

A Logan-based auto booting company wants the city to allow it to increase the rate it charges people to have vehicle immobilization devices removed from illegally parked cars. Cache Auto Booting Services wants to implement a $5 fee increase, allowing it to charge $75 instead of the current $70. Dennis Shaw, owner of CABS, said his company, along with two others, need the increase to cope with fees that come with collecting their charges. The last time the rate booting companies charge was increased was in 2007, and that was the first increase in eight years. “One of the reasons that we’re asking for this is that two years ago when the city added a whole bunch of requirements to the city ordinance, one of those was the required use to being able to accept credit cards or debit cards,” Shaw said. “That requirement alone cost my company.” Shaw said he didn’t know the exact amount his company had paid in credit card transaction fees, but estimated it at being close to $10,000. A $5 increase in his booting fee would only allow his company to recoup about half those costs.

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