City Council hearing on New Towing Regulations

City Council hearing on New Towing Regulations

The City Council heard several proposals to set new towing Regulations. First was to set a fixed fee for tows from private property. Currently companies can charge whatever they want and the rates vary widely. It was agreed that the new regulations would set a fixed fee.The original proposal was to require a permitting process for any tow truck to operate in Abilene. The recommendation from the Abilene Police Department now is “no permitting process but current state laws allow inspection that will meet the City’s requirements.Towing from private property such as apartment complexes was discussed next. The requirement for written permission from the manager met with a large degree of discontent as the managers did not want to be hauled out of bed at 2 or 3 O’clock in the morning to get a vehicle towed.{{more}} The proposal was changed to no longer require the written permission. Instead it reads vehicle parked for more than 30 minutes or immediate if blocking traffic. Mayor Archibald commented that there needed to be consistency in the fees charged and Councilman Anthony asked for recommendations on how to set those fees. Councilman Brilly said there is a need to establish requirements for number of parking spaces for each occupant because “there are never enough.” Officer Shane Price speaking for the Abilene Police Department stated that the state is working on setting fees but they are not in place nor is the process public knowledge. The state requirements are supposed to be in effect by 1 September 2010. One of several operators told the City Council that he was uneasy about how much government was now regulating private business.