City Controller Says Private Tow Truck Operators Are Gouging Citizens

City Controller Alan Butkovitz today issued a report accusing many of the city's private towing companies of violating city law by charging fees above the legal limits and requiring cash payments.

Butkovitz found eight tow truck operators, who tow vehicles from private lots, that charged fees above the $150 limit for towing and wouldn't permit credit card payments. He blamed lax oversight from the department of Licenses and Inspections for the problem.

"It just seems like open contempt for what the rules are because L&I has left such a gap in enforcement," Butkovitz said. His report recommends increased inforcement by L&I to improve conditions.

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