''Live Stop'' Vehicle Towing Fee Increased in Philadelphia
by KYW's Steve Tawa
The Philadelphia Parking Authority says that because of rising costs, it is hiking the fee for towing away your car if it gets confiscated by police during a "live stop."
Each day, about 100 vehicles are towed in Philadelphia. The "Live Stop" program targets drivers who don’t have proper registration or invalid, suspended, or revoked driver’s licenses.
And a live-stop job can last hours, according to Parking Authority director of on-street operations Corinne O'Connor:
"Just like you, tow trucks get stuck in traffic. We have to cover our costs on getting there."
The same vehicle seizure law also takes in trucks under similar circumstances. The Live Stop tow fee is now increasing $15 to $150 for most vehicles. The fee for trucks over 17,000 pounds is going up to $335.
The last increase for Live Stop was a $10 fuel charge in April, 2006.