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PRINTER'S NO. 439
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
454
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY CRUZ, YOUNGBLOOD, BURGOS, HILL-EVANS, KORTZ,
READSHAW, MURT, NEILSON AND SIMS, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in rules of the road in general, providing for
removal of vehicles in a city of the first class.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 3355. Removal of vehicles in a city of the first class.
(a) Evidence of violation.--In cities of the first class,
when a vehicle is found in violation of the provisions of this
subchapter, prior to the removal of the vehicle, a towing and
storage agent shall take digital photographs that clearly show
all of the following:
(1) The vehicle's license plate.
(2) The violation for which the vehicle is being towed
or removed.
(3) The posted sign, if any, identifying that
unauthorized stopping, standing or parking is prohibited
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where the vehicle was found and that unauthorized vehicles
will be towed or removed.
(b) Towing and storage agent responsibilities.--Prior to
accepting payment for the towing and storage of a vehicle, the
towing and storage agent shall provide, without charge, a
printed copy of the photographs to the owner or lienholder of a
vehicle when that person claims the vehicle. Photographs shall
be retained by the towing company for at least 60 days or until
the vehicle is claimed, whichever is later.
(c) Enforcement.--The parking authority in a city of the
first class shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement
this section. If deemed necessary, the parking authority may
establish penalties for towing and storage agents who violate
the provisions of this section.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Towing and storage agent." In a city of the first class,
the parking authority or its authorized agent. This term
includes a person authorized to engage in the business of
operating a wrecker or motor vehicle designed or constructed and
used for the towing of abandoned or disabled vehicles.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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