Pa. Town Ends Emergency Fees to Motorists

February 28, 2007

Commissioners in Radnor Townshp, Pa. have voted unanimously to end a plan to bill out-of-town motorists involved in traffic accidents for police services.

“It’s time to give people their money back and kiss and make up,” Commissioner William Spingler said.

The township had hired Cost Recovery Corp. of Ohio in April to carry out the program as a way to raise money for the police force. The fees were supposed to be recovered from insurance companies, but if they did not pay the company was seeking to collect from motorists.

Though the fees were voluntary, neither CRC nor Radnor police notified people of that. Spingler said the company was too aggressive in its collection practices. “It was time to admit it was a well-intentioned program, but it was implemented in the wrong way at the wrong time,” Spingler said.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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