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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 13, 2015 04:21 PM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Removal of a Legally Parked Motor Vehicle (Former HB 885)

In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation, former House Bill 885 of the 2013-14 Legislative Session, which amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated States to provide for notification of removal of a lawfully parked vehicle by a police officer.

Under current Pennsylvania law, specifically 75 Pa.C.S. §3352, a police officer is granted the authority to remove vehicles under certain conditions. Unfortunately, situations occur where an owner legally parks their vehicle, only later to find their vehicle was moved, for one reason or another, to a different and sometimes illegal location. For example, if the owner legally parked their vehicle, street work is scheduled, but signage was not posted, the police department or their designee will perform a courtesy tow. However, there are times the vehicle is moved to an illegal location and later ticketed, and sometimes ticketed and towed. The vehicle owner must then attend a hearing to fight the ticket, but without proof of why the vehicle was originally towed. As a result, the vehicle owner, who obeyed parking rules, is left with the financial burden of fighting a ticket that the received through no fault of their own. I believe this needs to change.

If enacted, my legislation would require a police officer or their designee to affix a sticker, which includes the date, time, and purpose for removal, the new location and the entity responsible for the removal of a legally parked vehicle. This change will relieve a responsible vehicle owner of the burden of seeking proof that their vehicle was moved by another party and it will limit the financial loss.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB625