Report: County Wrestles with New State Towing Rules

Officials say the new law complicates enforcement, The Washington Post reported.


New state rules aimed at protecting motorists from predatory towing clash with existing Montgomery County rules, making already complicated regulations even tougher to enforce, The Washington Post reported. 

Confusion over which rules are more stringent—and therefore should take precedent—has officials unsure how to meet an Oct. 1 deadline for implementing the state rules, The Post reported.

The new state rules, in part, require large warning signs in parking lots, limit towing fees and “require wreckers to quickly notify drivers when their vehicles are towed,” The Post reported.

But it also would do away with practices such as posting 48-hour warning notices on vehicles violating parking rules. 

The new state law was the subject of a Montgomery County Council hearing on Thursday.

Click here to read the full story from The Washington Post.

Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Dueling regulators.
Jay Levy September 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
NO matter which set of rules prevails, these towing companies are nothing but vulterous scoundrels. I was charged the equivalent of more than $300 a mile when I was towed about 1/3 mile from a church parking lot in downtown Silver Spring after parking there late one evening. The law should limit these companies to charging the same rate the have for towing you to a garage if your car won't start. I believe they charge somewhere around $50 per mile.
Joe Thomas September 18, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Blame the church. They are the ones who hired the towing company. Obviously you weren't going to church.
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