Towing back on Philadelphia City Council agenda

A bill to transfer regulation of tow trucks and their drivers to the Philadelphia Parking Authority is expected to be voted on by City Council this week.


Councilman Frank Rizzo says he doesn’t want to cede authority for regulating tow trucks to the Parking Authority.


“I was led by this administration which really disappoints me that they assured me that they can fix this problem and they never suggested in my conversations with Deputy Mayor Gillison that fixing the problem meant giving the Parking Authority this rotational towing responsibility.” said Rizzo.


Tow company owner Gary Pervines is worried the changes will put him out out of business.


“I’m 46, it’s kinda late to be looking for a new career, for a few bad apples, everyone shouldn’t have to pay the price ’cause I work hard,” Pervines said.


Councilman Jim Kenney sponsored the bill.  He says it’s designed to end the “wild west” atmosphere that has been a staple in the towing business.

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