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Record #: O2014-9764   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 12/10/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Final action: 4/15/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 9-84 regarding towing and relocation of vehicles and fee reclaim requirements
Sponsors: Mendoza, Susana A., Willie B. Cochran, Thompson, JoAnn, Lane, Lona, Sawyer, Roderick T., Silverstein, Debra L., Quinn, Marty, Pope, John, O'Shea, Matthew J., Foulkes, Toni, Fioretti, Bob, Balcer, James, Reilly, Brendan, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Graham, Deborah L.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 9 - Vehicles, Traffic & Rail Transportation - Ch. 84 Towing Unauthorized Vehicles
Attachments: 1. O2014-9764.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago (the "City") is a body politic and corporate under the laws of the State of Illinois and a home rule unit of government under Article VII of the 1970 Constitution ofthe State of Illinois; and
WHEREAS, as a home rule unit of government, the City may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and
WHEREAS, the City Council finds that the regulation of tow truck operators for nonĀ­consensual towing is necessary to promote the general health and safety of its citizens by protecting vehicle owners from towing mistakes and unlawful charges; and
WHEREAS, an individual's safety and welfare is directly affected by the involuntary loss of his or her vehicle, leaving the person stranded at dangerous times or locations, or potentially miles away from home without an alternative mode of transportation; and
WHEREAS, pre-tow photographs will help to ensure that only those unauthorized vehicles parked improperly are towed, thereby reducing false vehicle theft reports, reducing the number of vehicles being erroneously towed on the public streets, and expediting the recovery of the vehicle by an owner by avoiding a confrontation over an erroneous tow; and
WHEREAS, the City Council believes that the safety measures proposed by this ordinance, governing performing of non-consensual towing, would promote public safety by ensuring that: (1) owners are charged only those fees authorized by applicable law; and (2) only those vehicles improperly parked on private property are relocated; now, therefore,
SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated into and made a part of this ordinance as though fully set forth herein.
SECTION 2. Chapter 9-84 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding new sections 9-84-005, 9-84-023 and 9-84-025, by adding the language underscored and by deleting the language struck through, as follows:...

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