Car Impound Laws In Los Angeles: New Policy Faces Challenge From The Police Union

Posted: Updated:
Print
Getty
Getty

A controversial new Los Angeles Police Department policy that would allow unlicensed drivers to avoid a month-long car impound faces a challenge from the police officers themselves.

The Los Angeles Protective Police League (LAPPL), an officer union, filed a lawsuit Thursday asking courts to put a stop to the new policy, which could technically release cars just one day (given certain conditions) after an unlicensed driver is stopped.

This goes against a state-mandated law that cars be impounded for 30 days. The new policy is slated to take effect at the end of April, according to the Daily News.

In a press release, the LAPPL called the new policy a "catch-22" for officers who could be liable to lawsuits if an unlicensed driver injures or kills others less than 30 days after being stopped by police. LAPPL also expressed concern that the policy conflicts with the aforementioned state law.

The lawsuit has nothing to do with undocumented immigrants, states League President Tyler Izen. "As sworn officers of the City of Los Angeles and peace officers of the State of California," said Izen in a statement, police "are required to enforce all applicable state traffic laws, irrespective of a traffic violator’s immigration status."

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has been outspoken about the fact that the current impound period, in addition to an almost $1,400 towing fee, unfairly burden hard-working undocumented immigrants who can't obtain state driver licenses and often work minimum wage jobs.

Chief Beck has also advocated for provisional driver licenses in California, saying that increased regulations for the approximately 250,000 undocumented, unlicensed drivers in Los Angeles would lead to safer roads and less accidents.

Around the Web

Los Angeles Police To Ignore Impound Law They Say Is Unfair To ...

Impounded Car | How to release your Impounded Car in Los ...

Police to ignore California impound law amid concern of fairness to ...

Vehicle Impound Information

Traffic/Vehicle-Related Questions - Los Angeles Police Department

Car Impound Laws: L.A. Police Commission Votes to Ease Impound ...

LAPD to Ignore California's Car Impound Law Because It's “Unfair ...

L.A. Police Commission approves easing of car ... - Los Angeles Times

Police Union Suing City of LA Over New LAPD Vehicle Impound Policy

Police Union Sues Over New LAPD Impound Policy For Unlicensed Drivers

LAPD chief's controversial impound policy to start in 3 weeks

Beck fires back in impound debate