Last Updated on October 30, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Who doesn’t dread their car being towed in NYC?
How many of us had our cars towed in NYC? Count me, my wife, and my daughter in. How about you and your family?
I felt the pain of returning to my parking space and seeing it occupied by another car. It is frightening. But, we don’t have to be victims or lambs towed to the slaughter and simply hand over our own money without a fight.
Here are some rules, laws, and tips that can help us fight back when our car is towed in NYC.
Department of Consumers Affairs Tip Sheet for vehicles towed in NYC
Please do some homework before parking your chariot in NYC. We all share the risk of our valuable, essential cars being towed. Let’s start with an excellent tip sheet published by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
-Can your car be towed if a sign reserved a parking lot for customers only and you visited another business, even for a few minutes?
-What city agency regulates the City’s DARP and ROTOW towing programs?
-Who do you contact if your car is towed from a shopping center of private property?
-How much can you be charged if your car is booted from a parking lot or private street?
-If your car is booted and towed from a private parking lot, what is the maximum fee?
Something is brewing in the NYC Council
Int 1173-2016: This bill increases the maximum fees that a company may charge to tow certain vehicles. Currently, fees generally range from $125-$140 for towing (often including the first 3 days of car storage) and $15-27 per day for storage thereafter. The new fee limits would be: To remove a vehicle parked in front of a private driveway or on private property: $225 for removal and 3 days of storage, plus $40 per extra day of storage. To tow a passenger vehicle from an arterial roadway: $225, plus, if the owner has the car towed somewhere other than a storage facility, $5 per mile or part thereof. To remove vehicles obstructing traffic, involved in an accident, or under the rotation tow program: For a vehicle 10,000 pounds or less, $225 for removal, plus $40 per day for storage. For a heavier vehicle, $300 for removal, plus $100 per day for storage. In addition, a mileage fee of $5 for each mile or part thereof. The bill also makes stylistic changes and corrects certain outdated cross-references.
[Larry’s comment: This Bill has not been passed…Yet].
Title 20: Department of Consumer Affairs_Towing_Laws and Rule
Larry’s blog posts about towing
Helpful information from the Evil Empire about towing
Here’s the “towing” link. It is worth checking out!
I urge you to learn the basic rules about towing in NYC. Believe me, a little knowledge will save you a big bunch of bucks.