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Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:44 AM EST

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Commission, in a 4-to-1 vote, approved a plan that will limit the cases in which police officers impound vehicles of drivers without a license.

Under the new terms, unlicensed drivers who are stopped and meet several requirements, including having auto insurance, a valid form of I.D. and no previous citations will have their cars impounded but will be able to pick up their cars sooner if they're accompanied by a licensed driver. Currently unlicensed drivers see their cars impounded for 30 days with fines that can exceed $1,200.

The commission called the decision an act of "humanity" and "compassion" toward the city's undocumented immigrants who are not eligible to apply for a license in the state of California, according to the LA Times.