New York Daily News Bill introduced to help city drivers find cars after they’ve been towed by Erin Durkin
A Manhattan city councilman is looking to end the game of hide-and-seek that faces drivers whose cars are towed because of temporary parking restrictions.
A bill introduced Thursday by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side) would let owners find out where their car was moved by calling 311 or consulting the Department of Transportation’s website.
That’s already available when a car is towed for a normal parking regulation and taken to an impound lot.
But when parking is temporarily banned for construction, a movie shoot or a parade, cars are often moved to available spots around the neighborhood without notifying the owners, Kallos said.
“Imagine arriving at your parking spot to find it’s 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,” he said. “Anytime you can’t find your car, New Yorkers should be able to find them online or by calling 311.”
Kallos said he got riled up on the issue after his mother, who is disabled, had her car towed 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. 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,” he said.