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San Francisco Could Warn Drivers By Text Before Towing

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The chances of having your car towed in San Francisco could be reduced under legislation proposed at the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor and mayoral candidate David Chiu said he wants the city to stream live data about tow-away locations.

”No one who parks in San Francisco wants to be towed, but it is often easy to miss the posting of a temporary tow-away zone, or even a permanent tow-away zone,” said Chiu.

Retrieving a towed car in San Francisco costs a minimum of $450, with the price tag growing the longer the car is left in storage.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

He said motorists could opt-in to a notification program that would send out a text message or email alert about tow away locations. The alerts would provide an early warning system for things like street cleaning, road work and special events, such as the recent Sunday streets event in North Beach where the city towed dozens of cars.

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  • Sofa Kingdom

    This will never pass. SF WANTS your car to be towed for the revenue. Try going to stop the tow truck guy when he arrives at the scene. The cop will restrain you.

  • Ed

    The text will say look at the sign fool

  • gimme a break!

    A voluntary “opt in” program to text parking information to drivers? Way to go SF! Apparently SF officials are still struggling with the concept that texting while driving is ILLEGAL!

  • Mark Cupertino

    Ummm.. they’re not driving; they’re parked.

  • Sam Dang

    I like your idea , I do not care it will pass or not , because I saw all tow truck just look for a nice and new cars to tow first and then will tow the old car next . Why ?

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