Montgomery mayor signs towing ordinance - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Montgomery mayor signs towing ordinance

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Officials: 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank

    Officials: 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:42:24 GMT
    An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.More >>
    Palestinian hospital officials say three Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, which has become increasingly restive because of a war between Israel and Hamas militants next door in the Gaza Strip.More >>
  • Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border

    Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:33:13 GMT
    The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.More >>
    The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.More >>
  • Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:30:58 GMT
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.More >>
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery City Council Tuesday evening voted to pass a new ordinance that will have  consequences for some drivers. Thursday, Mayor Todd Strange signed it.

City leaders voted 8-1 to approve a new measure that will result in a person's car being towed if they're involved in an accident and do not have a driver's license or auto insurance.

It will take 30 days from the date of passage before the ordinance goes into effect (Dec. 19), but Mayor Strange said enforcement will not begin until January 1, 2014.

There is a delay in relation to the auto insurance portion because the state of Alabama does not have adequate technology to verify a driver's auto insurance. Once the state works out the issues with that system, the city of Montgomery will start towing cars belonging to drivers without insurance. There is no delay for the driver's license portion of the ordinance.

The council had tabled the issue several times in the past two years because members could not come to an agreement on how the law should be written. That is, until Tuesday.

A committee meeting decided Tuesday that the version before it would be the final version to go before the city council, and when it was brought to the floor it passed by an 8-1 margin. Only Councilman Arch Lee voted against it.

The ordinance says that anyone involved in an accident who doesn't have a driver's license and/or auto insurance will be ticketed by police and their vehicle will be towed. The driver will then be forced to pay the ticket fees and the towing fee, a cost that could exceed more than $600.

 

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow