Stop Predatory Towing sign now

To Mayor John Marks,

It is time to put an end to predatory and unscrupulous towing in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee is home to a large student population, many of whom live at or park at apartment complexes on a regular basis. Most apartment complexes hire tow companies to remove illegally parked cars from their property, but many tow companies go beyond what they are hired to do. Many companies bend or break the law by wrongfully towing vehicles and by bending local and state laws as far as they can get away with, and in many cases breaking the law outright.

Most tow companies in Tallahassee charge eighty-eight dollars to return a vehicle within the first twenty-four hours after the tow. Eighty-eight dollars is typically too little for college students and others to litigate over in cases of wrongful towing because of court costs and lawyer fees, so many wrongful and questionable tows go unchecked. While towing companies are reaping vast profits, college students who are already under economic strain because of educational costs and a poor economy are forced to pay unfair fines, as well as treated with little or no respect by the companies they are forced to pay. Every day, tow companies get away with wrongfully towing vehicles and using dubious, unscrupulous business practices, and as of now they are answerable to no one.

We appeal to you to:
1) Protect the rights of citizens by using your mayoral powers to end predatory and illegal towing.
2) Make the law work for citizens instead of against them. Make it easier for citizens to file claims against irresponsible towing companies.
3) Provide some manner of oversight over tow companies to ensure that they comply with the law.

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