Philly Considers Easier Police Towing

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 If Passed, On Site Police Would Not Be Needed


PHILADELPHIA, PA – A new bill being considered by Philadelphia’s city council would make it possible for unauthorized parked vehicles to be removed without the presence of a police officer. 

Philly May Ease Towing Guidelines

Councilman  James Kenney spearheaded the effort, with support from business owners and tow shops.  Kenney says the old system isn’t very effective.

Currently if a car is illegally parked on public or private property, a Philadelphia Police officer must provide on site authorization for the removal.  Often this means offenders leave the scene before police arrive.

The proposed change would require that a photograph be taken of the violation vehicle by the tow truck driver and a form filled out by the complainant.  

Francis Healey, a special advisor to Philadelphia Police, tells WHHY-News that she believes it’s a good compromise. 

“The legislation presented appears to provide the checks and balances necessary to protect the interests of all parties,” she says. 

Not surprisingly, many Philly-based towing establishments also support the measure.  

“This groundbreaking concept will become a model,” says Lew Blum, a veteran tower in the area, “which other cities admire and will come to emulate.”




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