Towing dispute goes before judge

Judge rules to continue enforcing city towing ordinance

SAN ANTONIO - The city's dispute with a local towing company over fees goes before a judge -- again.


At a hearing Wednesday morning, Bexar Towing asked to prevent the city from enforcing its towing ordinance, which, as it stands now, fines companies every time they charge more than $85 per tow.

However, at the hearing, the judge declined to do that and ruled to continue enforcing the ordinance, which says that towing companies can't charge more than $85 per tow and if they do, police will continue to write citations.

On Wednesday, Mark Cannan, the attorney representing Bexar Towing, said that they will continue to evaluate their options, but that they want the city to do a tow study to take a closer look at those fees.

City Attorney Michael Bernard said the city is in the process of doing a tow fee study and if it is determined that the fees need to change, they will go to city council with the findings.

"There were so many complaints being filed regarding a $300 fee, if your car gets towed," said Bernard. "Most people don't intentionally park where they are not supposed to park and so that's a pretty hefty punishment for such a small offense."

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Wednesday that they will continue to enforce the ordinance.

"The ordinance is on the books," said McManus. "It is not invalid. There is nothing wrong with the ordinance, as stated by the judge. So, we will continue to enforce that ordinance.'


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