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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2017 11:09 AM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring tow truck operators to obtain photographic evidence of the violation prior to the removal of an illegally parked vehicle in Philadelphia (Former HB 550)
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation that would require tow truck operators in Philadelphia to provide the owner of a vehicle with photographic evidence of the violation for which their vehicle was towed.

Currently in Philadelphia, after the owner of a vehicle provides evidence to the Parking Hearing Examiner, if it is determined that a vehicle was towed unlawfully or without reasonable cause, the owner of the vehicle is entitled to the immediate release and return of their vehicle without paying any towing or storage fees. The provision of evidence has proved to be “easier said than done” for many of our constituents. Without a requirement for tow truck operators to provide vehicle owners with clear evidence of a violation, Pennsylvania drivers who abide by our traffic laws have no means to verify their innocence.

Under my legislation, prior to the removal of any illegally parked vehicle in cities of the first class, a tow truck operator would be required to photograph the vehicle to document the violation for which it is being removed. A copy of the photograph would be given to the owner when they claim their vehicle. This necessary but simple measure would simplify the appeals process for parking violations in Philadelphia and allow for a fair system that keeps both the drivers in this state and the enforcers of our laws accountable for their actions.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Introduced as HB691