New Bill Aims to Help Drivers Find Parked Cars Moved By the NYPD

February 27, 2015 | Prachi Gupta

A Manhattan councilman has introduced a bill that would help drivers find vehicles that have been towed due to movie shoots, parades, construction or other planned events.

When a car is taken to an impound lot over a normal parking violation, owners can locate their car via 311 or the Department of Transportation’s website. But that service doesn’t exist for cars that are moved to accommodate temporary parking restrictions, and Councilman Ben Kallos’s (D-Upper East Side) bill is an attempt to change that.

Kallos took notice of the issue when his disabled mother fell victim to it. “It took hours of walking the district and working with the local precinct to track down the car, which by then was buried in tickets,” he told the New York Daily News. “There should be a law to protect drivers who park on the street so they don’t have to worry about finding their car when they need it.”

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