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December 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

City Council to address high towing fees

The Seattle City Council announced Wednesday that it will consider legislation early next year to limit the fees tow companies can charge.

Councilmember Nick Licata said he was inspired to act following Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat’s story about an $800 towing fee incurred by one Seattle resident. Westneat subsequently followed-up on that original column with citizen complaints of even higher charges by some tow companies.

“It is reasonable to charge people who park on private property when they aren’t authorized to. However, they shouldn’t have to pay whatever the towing company decides, no matter how high the rate,” Licata said in a statement.

Licata said that City Attorney Pete Holmes advised him that the city can regulate towing rates. Licata noted that many other cities, including Minneapolis, Portland and Indianapolis, cap private tow rates.

Mayor Mike McGinn has said he also supports setting limits on the amount tow companies can charge within the city.

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