AAA seeks Council hearing on drivers arrested for having expired tags

WASHINGTON (AP) - The AAA Mid-Atlantic auto club is seeking a District of Columbia Council hearing into reports that drivers are being arrested for having expired tags.

The request for a hearing was made Monday to Council member Phil Mendelson, who chairs the judiciary and public safety committee. Mendelson's chief of staff, Denise Tolliver, said Tuesday that the request had been received but that there was no decision yet on whether to hold a hearing.

D.C. law allows police to arrest drivers whose tags have been expired for more than 30 days. John Townsend, manager of public and government affairs, said in his letter to Mendelson that the police department's policy was giving D.C. a "black eye."