Cleveland Approves Fee Hike

The Cleveland (Ohio) City Council recently approved increases for municipal towing fees for illegal parking. The city last raised parking fees in 2012.

Base fees for illegally parked vehicles will increase from $100 to $125. The council also increased the fee for people whose cars are towed following an arrest from $150 to $175. The city's base impound fee remained at $30.

Owners of vehicles that have been towed after being stolen will still pay a $50 towing fee, plus a $10 impound fee. A city official said that the increase in towing fees is needed to cover the city's rising towing costs.


ESTRA Gets Bill Passed

The Empire State Towing and Recovery Association has been successful in its efforts in getting a bill passed in the New York state legislature that allows for three feet of overhang on a car carrier, as well as allowing for the length of a tow truck or car carrier to be determined by its wheel-lift in a retracted position.

According to a statement, ESTRA said it had been working on the "overhang" issue for several years. Previously, New York's length law stated that a truck could not exceed 40 feet in length "inclusive of bumpers and load." As a result, car carriers that accommodate two vehicles on a deck could not operate legally when fully loaded, because the rearmost vehicle would extend beyond the limit.

ESTRA President Tom Brennan expressed gratitude to the bill's sponsors, Rep. Andrew Lanza, former tower Rep. Michael DenDekker and to Governor Andrew Cuomo for coming to their support of ESTRA's efforts in getting the bill signed into law.

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