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UPDATE: Wilmington tow rates cap removed

The City of Wilmington removes cap on what towing companies can charge on private lots. (Source: WECT) The City of Wilmington removes cap on what towing companies can charge on private lots. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington City Council members reluctantly agreed Tuesday night to remove a cap on what towing companies can charge.

Towing companies had only been allowed to charge $100 per tow when removing a vehicle from a private lot.

According to agenda documents, a State Supreme Court ruling says municipalities are not allowed to cap tow rates on private lots.

Council member Kevin O'Grady believes the new regulation is a bad move for the public.

"You can be taken advantage of. You can go and you park and whether they're right or wrong when they tow you, they're gonna charge," said O'Grady while referencing the tow companies.

The council member said that the cap should remain a regulation that is controlled at the local level.

"State government just shouldn't be involved," O'Grady said. "We're the ones that live here. I'm out here on the sidewalk talking to you today because we live here."

Robert Rosak, owner of Rosak's Towing and Recovery, is glad the city cap is on the way out.

"I think that they should back off," Rosak said. "If it's a statewide policy, the state's in charge of it. The state's what mandates these signs I put up on private property."

Rosak said his tow rates will rise as a result of the new ordinance. He said more money is required for more difficult tows.

"I'm going to keep it fair, within reason," Rosak said.

The company owner said he might increase his rates by $10.

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