Three months ago, we ran a story on towing problems. The Charleston City Council will take up first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that is going to make the whole experience a little more expensive.

As it stands, the nasty ordeal is $107.50 plus $6 a day storage fee (that’s for every 24 hours of storage after the first 24 hours). The proposed change would more than double the storage fee to $15 a day and allow a $10 charge “for expenses incurred if the towing company notifies the owner.” I’m not really sure what that parts about.

On the good side, the changes will require businesses towing cars to display signs provided by the city that outline maximum fees and the method of payment. The current ordinance only requires that the signs be approved by the city, and that they include contact information for the tow company. Many a driver has complained that some tow companies have refused credit cards, even though it’s required by the city.

For those that missed it, here’s the other need-to-know information for drivers:

• The tow company must have an annual permit.

• The tow company has to provide a detailed towing invoice.

• The tow company must contact the police within 30 minutes with information about the tow.

• If the owner comes back while the car is in the process of being towed, they can request the car be dropped and only be charged a maximum of half of the tow rate, or $53.75.

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