Metro council is considering raising the maximum amount that private companies can charge to tow your vehicle.
The new, higher rates would apply whenever Metro police call a tow truck for any one of a number of reasons; for example, a car is broken down on the interstate, or is illegally parked, or the driver is arrested for DUI.
The rates increase the further you are from the downtown core. Right now, if you're in the inner loop of downtown interstates, a tow that now costs $85 will go up to $125.
If you're between the inner loop and the Briley parkway loop, the tow, which now costs $95 dollars will increase to $135.
Outside of the Briley loop, all the way to the county line, the cost increases from $105 to $145.
The fees haven't increased since 2008. Tow truck company owner Jim Mitchell said costs have gone up a lot since then.
"I pulled my receipts from 2008 and fuel was $1.86 a gallon then, now diesel is $3.80 or $3.90 a gallon," Mitchell said.
Mitchell owns Dad's Towing. He said his insurance has gone up 20 percent since 2008, and a tow truck that cost $60,000 in 2008 now costs $87,000.
"So many things caught up with us that we were basically working for nothing," Mitchell said.
The rates may rile those who can least afford it. Robbie James said her car has broken down several times on the interstate and she had to have it towed.
"I don't like it. The last time I was towed a couple of years ago it cost me $65. And if it goes up anymore, I'm leaving it sitting on the side of the road."
The proposed increases must pass Metro council.
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