Monday, June 2, 2008

Towing Scandal In New Haven, Connecticut

Above, New Haven City Hall

Tows were allegedly called off for "politically-connected scofflaws" in New Haven, Connecticut...

According to an excellent article by New Haven Register Reporter Elizabeth Benton.

Though lacking the complex and ongoing nature of the lovely little towing scandal in San Antonio, this particular scandal had more intensity and resulted in State Marshals being shuffled out of the towing program and replaced with City Constables for (ever-so-allegedly) "fixing tows."

(That's my term. Like it?)

Here's the good news: New Haven is looking to "gradually eliminate the need for towing."

Uh-huh. I'm not holding my breath.

Towing Utopia says: Don't go booting everybody and calling that "eliminating towing."

New Haven, if you want to eliminate towing, this will require the use of technology to, for example, send cell phone and email alerts to auto owners to warn of an impending tow. And a city government can't do this on its own with clunky bureaucratic resources, at least not very well.

You need to put out a request for proposal (RFP) and get a private company involved. This blog would be happy to publicize progress in that regard, so a lot of different entities hear about the situation and some good proposals come in.

New Haven, your goal is admirable. From the reeking muck of this scandal, perhaps something pure and good will rise, like a lotus blossom. (Ohhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm)

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