Non Consensual Tows, and the associated headaches with them, have plagued the industry for many years. Lawmakers are finally starting to see the imbalance and are passing laws “leveling the field.”
When, in Philadelphia, tow companies were found pushing cars into illegal spaces, council members passed laws to protect drivers and punish tow companies who would try illegal tactics to pad their pockets. Tow companies can now only tow ticketed cars which moves the burden of enforcing laws to the police instead of a private company.
In 2014, Ohio passed laws mandating that owners must be allowed access to their vehicle free of charge in the absence of a criminal investigation. Ohio also created an arbitration process for tows holding towing companies accountable and making disputing an invoice much easier.
Every week articles come out of cities or states passing legislation to combat the inequality of Non Consensual Tow. States also have the help of numerous institutions such as the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) who are working on a bill that would set up a “bare bones” system of laws dealing with towing practices. Their hope is that states would improve upon the federal law depending on each of the individual issues within the state.
If you are dealing with overinflated tow bills and need your truck and trailer released expediently, call Morgan, Cohen & Bach at (520) 442-1303.