Los Angeles Police Commission Consider Impound Changes

February 29, 2012

The Los Angeles Police Commission is set to hear a proposal that would amend the LAPD’s impound policy for unlicensed drivers.

The commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider a proposal by Police Chief Charlie Beck that would ease the penalties for some unlicensed drivers who have their cars towed and impounded.

Under Beck’s proposal, drivers would have to show valid identification, car registration and proof of insurance in order to avoid a mandatory 30-day impound. Drivers who were at fault in an accident, who had their licenses suspended, revoked or had been caught previously driving without a license would not qualify.

The city attorney’s office also is expected to provide its own legal interpretation of the policy change during the meeting.

The police union opposes the change.

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