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Official Police Garage B-Roll Now Available

July 25, 2017

Los Angeles: In order to provide the public with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the services provided by the Official Police Garage facilities throughout the City of Los Angeles, B-roll footage has been filmed and is now available...

New – Tow Truck Complaint Hotline Launched

July 28, 2010

In an effort to combat bandit towing companies, the Los Angeles Police Commission has set up a towing company complaint hotline where individuals who have a complaint against a towing company can call...

The LA Way

September 01, 2009

There are 5.2 million automobiles registered in Los Angeles County, according to the California DMV and the Federal Highway Administration. Only seven states have more registered cars than Los Angeles County...

OPG’s – Just the Facts

October 01, 2008

For more than 70 years, the Official Police Garages (OPGs) and their 18 service providers (for 21 police divisions) have provided safe, reliable and cost-efficient impounding, towing and storage to the City of Los Angeles...

OPG Statistics

October 01, 2009

2009 OFFICIAL POLICE GARAGES BY THE NUMBERS...

Vehicle-Based Enforcement Works in California

October 01, 2009

Addressing Unlicensed Drivers: What needs to be done?...

Private Tows

October 01, 2009

Towing Operation Business Permit Required. No person shall engage in, manage, conduct or operate a towing operation business in the City of Los Angeles without a written permit from the Board of Police Commissioners. Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 103.204...

Deregulation of the Towing Industry

October 01, 2009

In 1995, vast deregulation of the towing industry occurred as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Act. The lion’s share of the act focused on the airlines industry but certain sections dramatically affected both interstate trucking and the towing industry. Since then, federal laws seeking to deregulate the trucking industry have been interpreted by the courts to mean that the states’ authority to regulate tow truck companies is relatively limited...

Who Are Bandit Tow Operators?

October 01, 2009

Recent years have seen the widespread proliferation of so-called “bandit tow truck operators,” a faction of operators within the towing industry that exploit the lack of industry regulations, employ unethical and sometimes illegal business practices and exhibit unprofessional behavior. “Bandit towers” have become the bane of both the towing industry and of law enforcement and are threatening to give all tow truck operators a black eye...