Philly Considers Easier Police Towing
By: Erez Kanaan, Tow Squad News. Published on: Subscribe in a reader
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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.
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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