PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The nightmare of having your car towed may soon not be as bad as it once was.
Oregon lawmakers are working to put an end to predatory towing.
Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D-Portland, said it’s unfair to force people to pay a “sizeable ransom” just to recover their car — just because they made the mistake of parking in the wrong place.
On Thursday the Oregon state senate overwhelmingly passed a House bill that would allow local governments to create the maximum fee companies can charge for towing.
The bill also forces tow companies to get annual licenses with the city or county.
That KOIN video, “Portland towing company’s ethics questioned,” told the story of Ashley Holmquist. She left for work one morning, went to her paid-for spot at her Aloha apartment complex, and found her Jeep gone. A towing company, which worked on commission, demanded $347 to have her car returned.
Oregon House Bill 3159 would need to be signed by Oregon’s governor to become law.