Indianapolis Mayor Asks for Public’s Help With New Towing Ordinance

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

The City of Indianapolis, Ind., will be creating a new towing ordinance in an effort to curb predatory towing practices. Mayor Ballard announced to the public today, Tuesday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m., that he would be seeking the public’s input for this ordinance, according to reports.

The proposal is to address cap rates, prohibit kick-backs, require 24-hour pay lots and require detailed receipts, among other items. The ordinance comes on the heels of local news station reports that say they exposed towing companies in Broad Ripple, Ind., that may be breaking the law, including towing after businesses closed and cars being taken to in-between lots close to the site the trucks were trying to clear, as well as hidden signs, excessive fees and long waits, reports state.

City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn said the council wanted to be sure they spoke with towing services about the ordinance to make sure that they were not overreaching or unduly burdensome to business, as well as fair to consumers, according to a news report.

The ordinance will go in front of the Indianapolis City Council for debate in June.