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An advisory panel to the National Police Agency recommended Thursday that police hire private companies to check on illegal parking and that the government change the law and allow police to go after owners of vehicles in collecting unpaid parking fees.

The NPA said it will look into the proposals and monitor public opinion before drawing up a bill later this year to revise the traffic law.

The recommendations from the NPA consultative council on illegal parking consist of two main pillars: privatizing police patrols on illegal parking and pinning the responsibility for delinquent illegal parking payments on registered owners of offending vehicles.

As a measure to ensure fairness, the panel called on police authorities to select companies in a transparent manner. It would be important to avoid any impression that these companies were set up to simply re-employ retired police officers, it said.

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