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State Rep. Mike Duffey Introduces Bill Preventing ‘Predatory Towing’

Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

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Republican State Rep. Mike Duffey says the state needs to do something to crack down on what he terms 'predatory towing.'

Republican State Rep. Mike Duffey says the state needs to do something to crack down on what he terms ‘predatory towing’— the towing of illegal parked cars coupled with extraordinary fines in order to repossess the vehicle.

“Anyone from any walk of life in Central Ohio has heard a nightmare story from a friend or family member, or even personally experienced themselves, with a tow truck, particularly on campus,” Duffey said. “You know, it’s notorious on Ohio State University’s campus. In fact, I remember there’s a story that President Gee even got towed.”

Duffey says his bill doesn’t prevent tow companies from towing cars that are illegally parked. But it does cut down on excessive fees for storage, for access, and for other business practices he says are unfair. The legislation has just been introduced and still has to go through a long legislative process.

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