SAN ANTONIO -

Local council members are expected to vote on a plan to double towing rates in San Antonio by the end of this month.

The maximum fee allowed now is $85. Tuesday, the city's public safety committee approved an increase to $177.

Chief William McManus said the price change was prompted because of inflation.

"I think it's okay," said Patrick Dinh, who was charged $300 for a two three months ago. "It's a lot better than paying $300, but they should be straight forward and tell you how much you really should pay and it should be like common knowledge instead of not knowing if it's $80 or 300 or 177."

The city council will vote on the increased fee on January 31. In the meantime, if a vehicle is towed the maximum towing charge is still $85 dollars under the current ordinance.

Bexar Towing is accused of consistently charging over $250, prompting the city and the police department to fine the Bexar Towing.

Bexar Towing in turn, sued the city, but later dropped the suit.

"Those were not successful," said Michael Bernard, the city attorney. "What's being tried now are cases in municipal court for violations of that $85."

Bernard said there are still hundreds of other overcharge citations the towing company will face.

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