- Published: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 02:18 PM
A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to protect citizens from excessive tow fees will go to the governor.
Senate Bill 2261 has been an important Haine initiative this session. The issue was brought to his attention after reports of local municipalities charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee. Haine filed the legislation in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles.
“I have worked very hard this year to get this legislation passed,” said Haine. “I am happy that we were able to come together and get this important measure to protect citizens from outrageous fees accomplished. Having a car break down on the side of the road or having to abandon a vehicle because of unforeseeable circumstances is already a heavy enough burden to bear. Excessive impound fees on top of that is simply unreasonable.”
The measure puts in place limits on administrative fees imposed by local municipalities. It also prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle due to an emergency circumstance. Additionally, if a car is wrongfully impounded and attorney fees accrue, the county or municipality would be responsible for the fees.
The measure passed the Senate Tuesday on a concurrence vote of 58-0. It will now go to the governor’s desk for consideration.