Provo City Council votes to end 'predatory' towing

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  • tdctdc Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 4:15 a.m.

    Sorry I'm confused as to how this is different. Everywhere I've ever lived tow companies have had contracts to monitor. I hate getting towed as much as the next guy but seriously very rarely have I heard a tow story that doesn't include a 'well, I was only there for five minutes' or 'I didn't see the sign' or "I was only 10 minutes over the time limit" etc. I've been towed and it sucks but if I were to give you my sob story it would have one of those excuses to it. People, grow up and take some responsibility for your irresponsibility. On the flip side do you know how annoying it is to come home to your apt and find someone else parked in your spot? It's a necessary evil.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    This problem is not just not Provo. I was booted in Logan while attending an institute dance. Yes I did park in student housing at ten pm. Yes I was wrong. Why not a warning for a first time offender. I had no money on me. Wouldn't take a check. Booted another car, the owner was a single mother and struggling. She was in tears. My opinion is that predatory towing is unreasonable search and seizure. Unless the vehicle is a traffic or safety hazard issue a citation for first time offenders.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Long overdue! This type practice is really quite the racket.

    @The Rock
    "The people of Provo, the city leaders in particular, should be grateful for the influx of cash from students. In stead they are abused and taken advantage of."

    So very true. The university is the major economy in Provo yet businesses like these and many landlords unscrupulously take advantage of students and their visiting friends and family. These types of practices IMO are the lowest of the lowest.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    I have been booted 3 times in Provo without cause, they say you can appeal but you have to pay up front. After you pay and submit your appeal they just reject it with a made up excuse.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    Not sure why this can't be solved over night!

    If they tow another car illegally lock up their tow trucks.

    Power to the people! Remember the Alamo! Keep fighting the crooks!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    When I was at BYU in the 1980's hundreds of student cars were towed off during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Any car with out of state plates received a warning that if it were not moved within 72 hours it would be towed. The owners were out of town for several days. The cars were parked where they always were.

    No mercy. Just tow it. Most students didn't know they were in violation of the law.

    Later, a clown from Orem parked his car illegally in front of the house I was renting. He took my parking space. It took me three days just to get the Provo police to come look at it.

    Some how I got the impression that there was a bit of unequal enforcement of the law going on.

    The people of Provo, the city leaders in particular, should be grateful for the influx of cash from students. In stead they are abused and taken advantage of.

    If they don't like dealing with BYU students, they should experience the behavior of students from almost any other university.

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:39 p.m.


    My son had a similar experience. The complex allowed visitors to park there until midnight. He arrived about 11:40 p.m., dropped his date off at the door, came back to his car a 12:02 a.m. and this guy already had 3 cars booted including his. $80 to get him to take the boot off. That's predatory and it's ridiculous. It's been a huge problem for way too long. Buffalo chips to the city council for not putting a stop to this sooner.

    When I was at the Y, the person who owned my apartment complex also ran a tow truck company. Talk about double dipping.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    $165? Now it might be less expensive? Wow! We're moving to Provo. My mother got hammered for nearly $500 to get her car back in Sandy when she didn't see a tiny sign posted at the far end of a parking lot in the middle of the night. The impound lot was about five blocks away. Can we say RACKET?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Republicans are absolutely believers in some govt regulation. I want to know what is in my food. Govt needs to monitor industry and business. On the other hand we are opposed to a command economy of central planning. That is on the way to becoming North Korea. This law seems good. Some people park half way into your drive way. I don't call the tow people I call the Provo Police Parking sergeant.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    The new ordinance does not go anywhere close to far enough. Why should a property owner be allowed to contract with a towing company? The driver has property rights too. Absent any due process, it should be illegal to tow anyone who hasn't requested it.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    "Parking has been a big problem in Provo for years because some towing companies offer incentives for employees to boot or tow cars. Those employees are said to have been on the prowl, looking for any car out of place."


    In other words,
    Provo has allowed businesses to become the Police and Law enforcers,
    and businesses pay a "bounty" to employees for finding infractions?

    Are you kidding me?!

    This is called "racketeering",
    and it's what the Mafia does.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Sounds like a good move, especially the price regulation.

    Who says that Republicans dont believe in goverment regulation.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Better late than never.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Great news.

    Now if they'd refund a portion of the $165 fee my son had to pay to get his car back for parking for 25 minutes in a 15-minute zone as he dropped off his date, when there were no other spaces available.

    Ok, so maybe a parking ticket but $165 for 10 minutes is more than an attorney charges. These companies were crooked in some instances. Where's the guilty parties right to due process? It is "pay up" and pay cash "right now" if you want your car back. Normally that's treated as stolen property, especially if the sign said "15-minute parking" and didn't add "violators will be towed at their expense."