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Judge strikes down portions of Michigan towing law

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:30:39-05

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has struck down portions of a Michigan towing law. Low-income Detroit residents had shared stories of high fees and frustration about the whereabouts of their vehicles.

The decision by federal Judge Judith Levy could force changes in a law that's viewed as favorable to the towing industry.

Levy last week ordered Detroit to notify the state within 24 hours after a vehicle is towed. That information then triggers a notice to the car owner. The judge says vehicle owners also can seek a waiver of paying towing and storage fees before going to court to object to a car's impoundment.