Wilkes-Barre Delays New Towing Ordinance

Nov 24th, 2010 | By | Category: National News, Pennsylvania, State By State News

The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., city council has delayed enacting the city’s new towing ordinance until it determines which city department will enforce the ordinance rules.

According to a news report, the council approved the action on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Of the city departments that are affected by the ordinance — code enforcement, police and licensing — it has yet to be determined which department will enforce parts of the ordinance, the report said.

After the annual fee for a towing license was set at $300 in September, the council approved a provision that established the first-year license fee at $300 and an annual renewal fee of $250. The fee will go into effect on January 1.

Under the new ordinance, charges to tow a vehicle will vary from $100 to $175 and higher for large vehicles, the report said. When towing a vehicle from private property, the towing operator must, at the city’s request, provide a copy of an authorization form signed by the property owner or designated manager. Towing operators in violation of the new ordinance can be fined not less than $300 and not more than $600 and the operator’s license would be revoked for one year, the report said.

After discussing the ordinance with the city departments, it will be presented at the council’s next meeting.