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Lead Authors: Chiu, Santiago

Summary: The average cost to retrieve a vehicle from a Bay Area tow lot is $500. Once other administrative fees are added in, the cost of having a vehicle towed is often much higher. The current California practice of issuing tows on a vehicle with 5 or more unpaid parking tickets is not only disproportionately painful to those in poverty, but counterproductive. AB516 would end this practice, which accelerates a cycle of poverty. This bill did not receive a Floor vote in the Senate.