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LA Council Approves Ordinance For Valet Operators To Require Permit, Liability Insurance

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance in which valet parking operators will pay $314 for a permit, with attendants paying $70, aimed at regulating curbside parking services.

The ordinance passed in the council with a unanimous 10-0 vote and will establish requirements for valet parking operators.

Under the ordinance, which is awaiting signature by mayor Garcetti, valet parking operators must apply for a master permit, check employees' criminal backgrounds and carry liability insurance.

Parking on public streets, without the permission of the Board of Police Commissioners, is also prohibited. Operators must also get permission from owners before parking cars on private property.

The ordinance also dictates the content on valet signage and claim tickets, and reportedly requires attendants to carry identification at all times.

The Board of Police Commissioners will oversee the permit program.

A number of valets have been accused of damaging vehicles and failing to cover the repair costs. Others, meanwhile, have been accused of stealing valuables from vehicles.

Some people say they have found valets parking across driveways, taking up a number of parking meters at one time and speeding in reverse.

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