NBC News 4 New York Councilman Proposes App and 311 Changes to Help Owners Find Towed Cars by NBC 4 New York
Legislation proposed by a city council member Friday would help New Yorkers find their vehicles when they're towed because of temporary parking restrictions.
Councilman Ben Kallos, a Democrat who represents the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, said cars that are towed for temporary parking violations -- like when a movie is being filmed -- are often moved blocks away without the owner's knowledge.
Kallos introduced the legislation so owners would no longer be left wondering what happened to their cars.
“Imagine arriving at your parking spot to find its gone, not knowing if it is stolen or towed, without being able to find out where it is, unless you’ve got the time to walk every block of your neighborhood,” Kallos said.
Currently, only cars towed due to regular parking violations can be found using the Department of Transporation's website or by calling 311.
Kallos introduced the legislation after his disabled mother had her car towed from her Manhattan block to a location more than five blocks away.
“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," Kallos said. "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."