State senator seeks to rein in towing fees

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(KPLR) - The You Paid For It Team's long fight against municipal high towing fees is getting attention in the state legislature.

After we brought Senator William Haine examples of how the law was being misused by mayors out to make money, the senator decided it was indeed time for a change.

The legislature passed a bill n 2012 giving cities and town power to raise the towing fee.

Some mayor's hiked the fees as much as $500 for the tow release. Once you get the release you still have to go pay the towing company hundreds of dollars to get your vehicle back.

Senator Haine says that's unfair. He's looking at trying to change the law to close the loophole.

He's introducing a bill soon to get the process moving.

The high fees are in towns from Alton to Fairview Heights. They end up costing thousands of motorists, hundreds of thousands of dollars.