Philly City Council approves a bill to tow cars whose owners cannot be found

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 Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Vince Fenerty contends the UberX and Lyft ride-sharing services constitute a

Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Vince Fenerty contends the UberX and Lyft ride-sharing services constitute a "hack cab service." He said the PPA will continue to fight the app-based services until there's a change in law allowing them to operate in Philadelphia.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia is trying to crack down on parking scofflaws who use unregistered or stolen license plates.  Philadelphia Parking Authority head Vince Fenerty says currently people with large overdue parking fines use license plates that cannot be traced to park on city streets without risking the car being booted and towed.

This ties the parking authority’s hands because it’s not allowed to boot cars if it can’t notify the owner.

Fenerty says there is an amazing number of tags that cannot be traced.

“There are roughly 100,000 tags over the years that are like that and about 20 percent are boot-eligible,” he said.

A council committee approved a bill that would allow such cars to be towed without notifying the owner.

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