California Court Rules Cars Can’t Be Towed For Unpaid Parking Tickets


On July 21, the California Court of Appeals reversed San Francisco’s law, with a 3-0 decision. The court used a 1976 Supreme Court ruling as precedent:

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In a tone-deaf statement, San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu called the ruling disappointing. In defense of the law, he says the court’s decision “further impedes the City’s ability to maintain safe and healthy streets.”

If you live in California, namely the San Francisco Bay, and you owe on a bunch of parking tickets, you just got a huge break. CBS News reports the California Court of Appeals has ruled that towing over owed parking tickets violates the state’s constitution.