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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: May 12, 2021 04:46 PM
From: Representative Amen Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Ban the Boot
Driving is a crucial part of many Pennsylvanians’ lives. It gives them the ability to drive to work, to school, to the doctor, and to the grocery store. Not only do many individuals rely on driving to earn a living, they rely on the consistency of knowing their vehicle will be available to them when they need it to complete their day-to-day tasks.
The cost of driving can add up and be expensive with gas prices, registration fees, and the occasional tickets issued by law enforcement. A fine or fee issued to a driver is usually unexpected and sometimes the driver does not immediately have the funds to pay the fee. When these fees accrue, even for only one violation in some parts of the state, parking authorities will boot a car and tow it away. Now a driver must find where their vehicle was towed to and pay upwards of $1,000 to get it back. All because they did not pay one violation ticket.
The allowance for this to occur is unfair and needs to be addressed. I plan on introducing legislation to combat this apparent issue and discontinue the practice of booting vehicles which places additional financial burdens on the people of Pennsylvania when they are already struggling to pay for basic necessities. Please join me in supporting a commonsense piece of legislation that will help the drivers of Pennsylvania.

This bill is a companion bill that is being introduced by Senator Laughlin in the Senate.