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Ohio Bill Could Crack Down on Predatory Towing

COLUMBUS -- A new Ohio bill could put the brakes on tow truck companies.

House Bill 382 follows complaints that car owners are overcharged and under-serviced at the impound lot.

If the bill passes, it would limit the towing fee to $90 and the storage costs to $12 a day. The first day of storage would be free.

It would also eliminate the cash-only mandate for a driver to retrieve his or her vehicle.

Additionally, private property owners would be legally obligated to post large signs specifying the towing zones. These signs would have to include the phone number and address of the towing company.

While many drivers may welcome the changes, some tow companies have suggested the proposed bill is too harsh. They have said that the tow companies are not preying on drivers but merely responding to complaints.

C&M Towing said improperly parked vehicles can be a safety issue, especially if employees or residents are blocked in a driveway.

Manager Ron Damron said several tow truck companies don't use credit cards because customers will often dispute the charges.
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