Philadelphia councilman wants quicker refunds for towing cars by mistake

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants the city to make good for drivers who get their cars towed wrongly. 

City Councilman Jim Kenney says sometimes a mistake is made as part of Philadelphia’s “Live Stop” program and cars are towed despite having proper registration and insurance.

“Happens a lot with college students, where a college student has an out of state license or registration police officers transposes a number of two when putting it into the terminal it comes up unregistered or uninsured they take their car, if they prove at a later date that they are registered and insured we should give them their money back immediately,” said Kenney.

Kenney says his bill would mean drivers who can prove their cars should not have been towed, would no longer have to file an appeal to get a towing fee refund.

“It would eliminate the administrative adjudication hearing hurdle to get their money back, they would be able to take their acquittal from traffic court to the parking authority and get their money back,” said Kenney.

A hearing for the bill hasn’t been scheduled yet.

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