Towing companies are finding out what it feels like to have something they depend on unexpectedly taken away. The City of San Antonio is drastically cutting what towing companies can charge, and the fight could eventually wind up in court.
“This has kind of reached a boiling point now,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. San Antonio companies have been following state regulations that allow wrecker services to charge close to $300 for a non-consent tow if there is no local ordinance.
But after a series of reports by my fellow Trouble Shooter reporter Jaie Avila, the city unearthed an ordinance from 2002, which clearly states: "the maximum fee a licensee may charge for towing is $85." The Chief and the City Attorney Michael Barnard looked closely at the ordinance, consulted with state officials and decided they will enforce that $85 towing price cap.