Lawmakers Pass Predatory Towing Bill

The house and senate both passed a bill to make changes to towing laws in Ohio. The bill needs the governor's approval.

The predatory towing bill clarifies ambiguous towing regulations. It tackles unclear fees, requires companies to document their actions with pictures.
It also requires tow companies to clarify signage so drivers know exactly where a tow zone is located.

We found one driver who wished the rules were in place now.

"There's even a car parked here currently," said Andrew Miller.

It's the same spot in the Traditions at Creekview Condo Complex where Miller parked Wednesday night, but that car is still there. Miller's got carted off.

"You look to make sure there are no 'don't park here' signs, check the curb, doesn't have red paint," said Miller.

None of those existed, so Miller parked. The tow company, CamCar, disagrees. 10TV was forced to shut off our cameras inside, but witnessed the exchange between Miller and the towing company. They told him there aren't two white lines bordering the parking spot so no sign or curb paint is necessary. Miller feels he was unfairly towed.

"I've seen them come and park and sit here," said condo resident Denise Reed.

Reed thinks the tow truck operators prey on unknowing drivers and says she's seen it.

"She had gotten out of her car, gone in her house and parked right in front of her driveway," said Reed. "They towed her car."

If the bill becomes law, this sort of thing might not happen. It would require signs in tow away zones, would get rid of unclear charges and would require tow trucks to accept major credit cards. Miller is just frustrated none of this kicked in sooner.

"It's just a bunch of runaround all day," said Miller.  

10TV tried to talk to the property management company, but no one returned our calls. The tow company refused to answer any of our questions.

Previous towing stories:

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/29/columbus-lawmakers-try-to-stop-predatory-towing.html

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/02/13/Columbus_Predatory_Towing.html

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