The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday endorsed Chief Charlie Beck's new impound policy that would return vehicles to unlicensed drivers sooner than the state-mandated 30 days.
The commission voted 4-1 to approve Chief Beck's plan after a few minor amendments, reports the Los Angeles Times. Chief Charlie Beck's vehicle impound policy has been declared illegal by the state's legal counsel and drawn the ire of the police union.
Under the new policy, unlicensed drivers, including illegal immigrants, could recover their vehicle sooner than 30 days. California's vehicle code requires law enforcement agencies to hold impounds from unlicensed drivers for 30 days.
The commission had postponed endorsing the new policy on Feb. 14.