Troopers Say Fees For Towing Need To Be Regulated

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The State Highway Patrol says those that clear the roads are ripping off the public.

Troopers say wrecking companies are price gouging by taking advantage of desperate motorists.

The patrol tried to regulate fees through policies that set maximums for tow truck drivers.

Their policy suggests a median price for wreckers in each troop on highway rotation to set their prices.

There are 21 counties in Troop A which consists of much of Eastern Carolina.

Now wrecking companies are fighting back with a bill blocking these policies.

Legislators are currently pushing for a wrecker storage fee of no more than 25 dollars a day.


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  • by concerned Location: nc on May 12, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    it really makes me mad to know that the hwy.patrole want's to set the prices for the tow companies . being a towers wife we are not over charging people. they go out at night just like the hwy. patrole does to a wreck. all they do is write the ticket maybe take pictures and then a lot of you leave. the wrecker diver stays until all the wreckage is cleaned up or else we get in trouble for not cleaning up .we are the ones that have to go in the fields, creeks,ditches, and rivers also to retrive the vehicle. i think that it is worth every penney that we charge. all tow companies should not be judged by the ones that over charge. not all do over charge. get the ones that do and leave us alone. we have not ever heard our customers complain about our prices. even the insurance companies say we don't charge enough that come to look at wrecked vehicles. we like to sleep good at night when we lay down knowing we haven't over charged the public
  • by DAVID Location: NC on May 12, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    WHY DON'T THE HIGH PATROL GO AFTER THE BAD APPLES AND LEAVE THE REST OF THE HONEST TOWERS ALONE. AS FOR THE REST OF THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CHARGES WE HAVE TO MAKE, JUST GO OUT AND BUY YOUR OWN TOW TRUCK AND YOU PAY FOR THE INSURANCE AND YOU GET UP AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING AND GO PULL SOME DRUNK OUT OF THE CREEK WITH IT 30 DEGREES AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND. BUT I WILL AGREE THEIR ARE SOME THAT DO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS BUT NOT ALL TOWERS DO
  • by business owner Location: nc on May 12, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    How about the fees that they charge if you need a vehicle pulled out of a wet piece of land? My delivery truck got stuck in the mud and we had to call a tow truck. It took him all of 30 minutes and he wrote a bill for $425.00. That's highway robbery.I understand they have to make a living, but this is ridiculous.They're as bad as the gas companies..
  • by richard Location: Bertie on May 11, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    I agree. Most towing companies do take advantage of stranded motorist. Go Highway Patrol.
  • by jihn Location: pitt on May 11, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    they need to put a limit on how much they charge on towing cars at some of the housing complexes around Greenville. The complexes don't have enough spaces for vistors so they park where they can and get towed.
  • by DK Location: Greenville on May 11, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    $25 a day is waaaaay to much. Why do they need to charge so much money just to keep a car on their lot?
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