Bartlett, Illinois to Consider Towing Fee

Oct 8th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

The Village of Bartlett, Illinois, is considering a proposed ordinance amendment that would require motorists arrested for crimes to be charged a $400 impound fee, according to a news report. The crimes would include driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, street racing, fleeing police, reckless driving and drug offenses. The fee would also be required for vehicles that are deemed abandoned, illegally parked or considered hazardous.

Among the requirements of the amendment, the village would be required to notify the vehicle’s owner before impounding a vehicle, and a pre-tow hearing can be requested if the owner believes the tow was without probable cause. The vehicle owner would have to pay the $400 fee for the release of the vehicle regardless if it was wrongfully towed, the report said.

The proposal will be voted on by the Village Board October 26.