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No license? Impounded cars could cost $53 more

September 22, 2010

The Fountain Valley City Council voted Tuesday night to add a fee to drivers who get their cars impounded for having a suspended license or none at all.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to add a $53 fee onto people going through an administrative hearing after having their cars impounded for 30 days for driving with no license or a suspended one. Councilman Guy Carrozzo was absent.

The hearing gives individuals the chance to appeal the impoundment to a traffic sergeant.

The fee will allow Fountain Valley to recoup the costs city personnel spend preparing for and assisting people going through the hearing process, said Police Chief Paul Sorrell.

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The new fee is part of an "ongoing effort to engage in as close to full-cost recovery" as possible, Sorrell said.

Residents who have their cars impounded after being stolen are excluded from the fee, he said.

— Britney Barnes

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