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Tow Truck Operators Angry Over City Council Measure

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - City Council wraps up its 2010 formal meetings this coming Thursday and the session could be dominated by a final vote on a plan to reign in wreck-chasing tow truck operators. 

The tow truck operators are furious that Council is poised to give final passage to a measure aimed at reigning in wreck chasing. This involves towers who rush to the scenes of accidents and at times fight over who has the right to tow a wreck.

Tow truck operators, including Gary Purvines, have been speaking out against the bill at City Council meetings the past two weeks. Purvines said the change would put him out of business. "I'm 45. It's kind of late to be looking for a new career. For a few bad apples, everybody shouldn't have to pay the price," said Purvines.

The bill would give the Parking Authority oversight over the industry and force the operators to take the wrecks to Parking Authority lots.

Reported by: Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 

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