LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops will be temporarily allowed while a state court examines the case's merits.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal granted the temporary stay Thursday after a lower court decision in August struck down the policy.
City Attorney Mike Feuer hailed the decision, saying the city believes the policy is lawful.
Special Order 7 allows some unlicensed drivers who are stopped to produce a car registration and proof of insurance to avoid having their cars impounded for 30 days. The policy was recently rescinded by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, but Cmdr. Andrew Smith says it will likely be reinstated Thursday.
The police union sued last year to nullify the policy.