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City Council to discuss controversial changes to towing ordinance

The Charlotte City Council will discuss controversial changes to the city’s towing ordinance Monday night.

In December, the council’s Community Safety Committee came up with proposed changes to the ordinance.

Among the suggestions:

  • regulations on where “no parking” signs must be placed and what they should look like;
  • a $120 limit on towing fees;
  • a requirement that a towing company must accept credit cards; and
  • a requirement that a towing company must release the vehicle if the owner comes back to it before it’s been put on the tow truck.

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Discussion began in November 2009 about ordinance amendments, but the process has dragged on because of controversy over the proposed changes: Towing companies argue that the people they tow are stealing parking, while people who have been towed complain that they’re victims of predatory practices.

The next step is for the council to review the changes and hold public hearings before approving the amendments or sending them back to committee.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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