Local towing company owners met with the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board this morning about recent work to set fees for towing services.
Attorney Jesse Farr first spoke to the board, describing differences in voluntary and nonconsensual towing service.
“It is a lot different from calling someone to pick up your car ... and to have somebody come and pick up a nonconsensual tow in overtime hours and have to have at least two or three (people) to provide security,” Mr. Farr said as a representative of S&H Towing.
Members of the board began research on suggesting regulations for towing fees and procedures to the city council in their February meeting.
“You say the fee is reasonable but our concern is the fact that there is no set fee,” said board member Kathy Jones. Pointing to complaints that fees range from $125 to $250 with some instances of $400 charges.
“I don’t think we’re trying to cut anybody off at the knees, we’re just trying to find a happy medium where to allow the average Joe citizen to afford to get their car back,” she said.
The board will consider recommendations for procedure and fee regulation to the city council in its next meeting on March 18.
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