CITY TO SUSPEND TOWING PROGRAM WHILE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE THOROUGHLY REVIEWED
(4/11/2008) NEW HAVEN- After several incidents occurred in which vehicles were improperly released before parking ticket or tax debts were cleared, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. has announced a suspension of the City’s Plate Hunter program through April 23. “If it happened two times it may have happened 10 times. This is unacceptable and unfair to the taxpayers of this City,” said DeStefano. “There needs to be absolute fairness in this process and we will take sufficient time over the next several days to ensure this.”
Earlier his week, an incident occurred in which a State Marshall inappropriately dismissed a tow order despite a directive from the city that requires all vehicles on the scofflaw list spotted by the Plate Hunter technology to be towed, with no exceptions. “What the Marshall in this situation did, in letting the vehicle go when there were still unpaid fees, was not in line with the way we do business,” said DeStefano.
“Over the course of the next week and a half we will review all policies and procedures related to our towing program involving outstanding parking violations, unpaid tax bills and police matters,” said Michael Piscitelli, Director of Transportation Traffic and Parking for the City. “This is an opportunity to consolidate all of our documents and rules into one firm citywide policy that makes it clear to everyone involved that no exceptions are acceptable.
“This sends an awful message to residents. This isn’t fair. It’s not right and it’s my responsibility and the City’s responsibility to make sure this is a transparent, controlled and equitable program aimed solely at collecting back taxes and unpaid parking ticket fees,” said DeStefano.
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