Philadelphia City Council heard voices from the public on several issues Thursday. This is the second meeting in which the general public has been permitted to comment during the weekly meetings. Employees within the tow-truck industry voiced their concerns on a proposed towing bill that would give the Philadelphia Parking Authority more commission.
Jose` Jiral, owner of Derkas Auto on Aramingo Avenue, said the group is opposed to the bill because "it gives the parking authority the power to control the towing rotation list". He believes the bill has a hidden agenda that will ultimately force most private and small towing companies out of business.
The bill would also revise licensing and require the tow-truck companies to re-apply for a towing license. The fees to apply for a license would increase from "$75 per truck to $1000 per truck, "Jiral said. Many other workers are afraid that the bill will cause lost revenue for their companies and lay-offs will happen. "It's taking business away from small business…it's more than regulating," Jiral concludes.
After 3 workers from the industry spoke on behalf of the group, City Council President, Anna Verna informed the room that the bill would be held. The men left shortly after.
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