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Aldermen Ameya Pawar (47th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th) filed a proposed ordinance today that proposes to crack down on predatory towing companies in Chicago according to DNA Info.
The ordinance contains a “Towing Bill of Rights” which would compel tow trucks to operate a dash cam to record all tows, take a photo of the vehicle in violation of signs before it’s towed away along with eight other “rights”.
1) The tow firm must have written consent to patrol a lot and remove cars from it.
What would you do if a towing company mistakenly towed your car and then wouldn’t admit their mistake return it?
Would you pay the tow fees to get your car back or fight the towing company?
Well, one family is fighting to have their car returned by Lincoln Towing after they say it was improperly and illegally towed from behind the building where they live.
DNA Info Chicago broke the story Monday. Aileen Manipol went to take the garbage out on Friday and realized, their car was missing.
After a recent night of bad behavior and an alleged attack on a customer, Lincoln Towing is in the crosshairs of Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), whose ward includes the part of Uptown where the company runs its tow yard according to DNA Info.
Back in mid-October, tow truck drivers for the company towed many a car from parking lots around the Aragon Ballroom during a concert. After a long line of upset drivers built up outside the yard, one of the tow truck drivers began verbally assaulting people in line and ultimately got into a physical altercation with one according to several people.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, a handful of tow truck drivers for the notorious Lincoln Towing, have been behaving even worse than normal lately–so much so its attracted some unwanted media attention recently.
The first story, as reported by DNA Info is oLincoln Towing Driver Knocks Man Off 16-Foot Ladder To Take Truck: Chargesf an Illinois DCFS employee who parked his vehicle in a lot across the street from the Rogers Park police station while on state business. A Lincoln Towing tow truck removed the vehicle despite the fact signs were not posted–or if they were, they had inadvertently come down.
Police officers took the state employee to the Lincoln Towing tow yard to recover his vehicle and to also cite the company for improperly towing a car. Coincidentally, another driver told police a similar story about his vehicle being towed illegally. Then, perhaps in a fit of vindictiveness, the cops caught the Lincoln Towing manager driving up to the tow yard talking on a cell phone without a hands free device–for which he was ticketed.
The second story is a profoundly more disturbing story.
Towing company Rendered Services seems to be developing a bad reputation.
DNA Info is reporting, one driver is accusing a company tow truck driver of moving his vehicle from a legal parking spot to an illegal one before towing it to Rendered Services pound.
The vehicle owner says he parked his car on the street near his apartment and when he looked out later that evening, the car was gone.
He finally tracked it down to Rendered Service’s lot but had to pay $218 to get it back. The cashier at the yard told him his car was towed because it was parked inside a private lot.
One place drivers should avoid is any of Chicago’s auto pounds.
With 8000 vehicles contained within the fences of a handful of lots around the city, sometimes the pounds get over crowded. When this happens city workers will sometimes use forklifts to move cars around.
One woman was so shocked and outraged when she saw her impounded car being moved via forklift at an auto pound, she complained to Fox News Chicago.
That video portraying the daring getaway of a Jeep owner escaping the hook and thwarting a tow truck’s attempt to tow it away has been all over the news the past week or so.
Which makes it a good excuse to discuss tips on preventing your vehicle from being towed.
First, don’t be stupid.
What we mean is, don’t park in places where there’s the possibility of being towed.
A privately operated tow truck towed a car off a city street and now faces an investigation according to CBS 2.
The story starts on the far south side outside the Pullman Porter Museum, where a driver allegedly parked in a tow zone.
A manager for the museum claims her car was in a spot reserved for buses and called Rendered Services to remove the car.
The driver had to pay $216 to get her vehicle released.
The problem is, private tow companies cannot tow off the public way.
Parents from an expensive Lincoln Park private school are livid after tow trucks hauled off 15 cars from a private parking lot near the school one recent morning.
According to DNA Info, parents who parked for just a few minutes in a nearby private lot to drop off their children at school, came back to find their car had disappeared.
The lot was being patrolled by tow trucks from Rendered Services who moved very swiftly to haul way the trespassing vehicles according to the report.
They came by car, by taxi and some by foot.
Drivers who had cars towed on the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban arrived at City Auto Pound #6 at 701 N. Sacramento Ave., angry, frustrated and tired early Sunday morning to retrieve their cars.
Aurora Ramierez and her husband traveled to the pound by taxi with their two young children, ages 2 and 7 in tow, both still dressed in their pajamas underneath winter coats.
“It was at 6:10 in the morning, we heard four knocks on the door but by the time we went outside the car was gone,” said Ramierez who lives on West Division Street. “The sign says if there’s 2 inches of snow…they could be more specific.”
It was an expensive mistake for towed drivers who were hit with a $150 tow fee, $20 per day in storage fees and a $60 parking ticket.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.