New Laws in Detroit Aimed to Stop Predatory Towing – CBS Detroit

There have been complaints about predatory towing practices in Detroit for years, and those concerns are no longer falling on deaf ears.

Detroit City Council unanimously passed new laws to prevent tow truck companies from arming strong vehicle owners.

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“So many people played a big part in that,” said Detroit City Council President Brenda Lawrence during the virtual meeting on Tuesday.

“There have been a lot of negotiations. There was a lot of give and take. “

The new legislation requires towing companies authorized by the police:

  • Accept all forms of payment
  • Provide tow papers to owners upon request
  • And take vehicles off the plate if the owner comes with payment before the vehicle is removed

“Authorizes city officials to set police-approved towing rates,” said Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield.

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“Includes an administration fee for police-authorized towing and requires the vehicle to be uncoupled from the tow truck before removal against payment of a service fee.”

Vehicle owners who are short of cash can also be entitled to a hardship fee.

CW50 has reached out to the Detroit Towing Association for comment, but we’re still waiting for a call back.

The new ordinance will come into force in two weeks.

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