Carrboro towing plan could benefit drivers, companies

Posted February 25, 2014

— The Town of Carrboro is considering changes to its towing laws to help both drivers and those who clear their cars from places where they are not supposed to be.

The first proposal would see a higher towing charge. Carrboro currently caps what a towing service can charge at $100.

"Increasing it to $125 would put us more in line with some of our neighboring towns and cities," said Alderman Damon Seils.

He and the rest of the board are considering the change after a request from Barnes Towing. In a letter to the aldermen, Barnes asked for the price to be bumped to $125 for those who pay cash and $150 for credit or debit.

Seils is not sold. "Twenty-five dollars for a credit card payment, that seemed excessive," he said.

Still, he said be'd think about the request. 

"I wanted to take some time to review proposed changes and talk to town staff about their concerns," Seils said.

The other proposal on the table would help drivers avoid a tow altogether.  A new regulation clarifies how many signs a lot must have, what the signs must say and how they must look.

Driver David Reid thinks additional signage will help. He's not as fond of the price hike. 

"I think $100 is too much. I think they should lower it to like $50," he said.

The Carrboro Aldermen are expected to take up the towing changes in the next few weeks.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 25, 2014

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    Your friend and she lost - so sad/too bad.

    What part of "it's private property" don't some of you understand!?!

    If I came and parked in your driveway and then went to visit one of your neighbors, would you be ok with that???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 25, 2014

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    Then, wait for it - that's the problem of the business where they ARE going and should be taken up with THAT business.

    In no way does it mean it's ok to make themselves a problem to some other business who does provide parking for their actual customers and employees.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 25, 2014

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    - "A person shouldn't be penalized for parking somewhere for 15 minutes."

    Oh come on...

    May I come and park in your driveway, just for 15 minutes or so please, would that make YOU happy?

    These lots that are in the story are private lots that belong to certain businesses and are to be used only for the customers who patronize those businesses.

    You park on private property, even for 15 minutes, when there is a sign saying you'll be towed if you don't belong there, you deserve what you get.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 25, 2014

    Carrboro did a good job by opening that free lot by Open Eye Cafe, but they need to chill out on the Carr Mill Mall towing. Some people do eat at Weaver Street/Elmos, but want to do more in the area. It makes no sense for them to move their car if they want to simply cross over to Main Street for shopping or ice cream. Also, enough with the "liberal town" stuff; lots of places have issues with parking. I take the bus to get downtown during the day but at night or to get other places, everyone knows you need your car.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 25, 2014

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    I had a friend who also got towed at that Panera. She parked there and walked across the street to eat at Chipotle, which had no open spots. Thing is, Panera was CLOSED and she still got towed. They wanted the money in cash. It's not Panera's fault (don't punish them by not patronizing them), it's Bob's and George's towing, gone wild...

  • Christopher Rose Feb 25, 2014
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    The real cause of all this is the constant denial of the liberal elite of these cites that cars are still the primary means of transport for most people. When development or improvements go in we get all kinds of walk-ability and biking studies, etc. I have sat in Town council meetings and heard a guy stand up and wanted a major re-devlopment to try to purposefully restrict parking spaces available to "encourage" walking and biking. In the most humorous moment of the evening after the meeting I watched him get into his car and leave.

  • Todd Whalen Feb 25, 2014
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    I can't see why $100 is not enough for a tow company to profit from. The rate should be lowered. I don't have an issue with towing folks who abuse parking lots by parking in one private businesses lot while visiting another business. My big beef here is that Chapel Hill is "terrorized", yes terrorized by predatory towing companies and really does nothing about it. I've started to not visit stores on Franklin st in certain areas so I don't have to worry about the Tow-mafia that is running amok. The new city parking is great and helps. I won't ever eat at Panera again on Franklin due to the 20+ security cameras and the constant towing. Their selling bagels and soup. Not something that needs all that security. I spoke to the manager who gave me lip service about "corporate this" and my safety. Get real. I just hope C'boro has the wisdom to not allow Chapel Hill's dysfunctional towing regime take over there as well. What a shame for even considering this and shame on Barnes.

  • xylem01 Feb 25, 2014

    Boycott all these businesses and let them close!

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 25, 2014

    "The problem is people parking in a lot they don't belong in to begin with."

    Because, wait for it .... there isn't enough parking where they are going...

  • katgotyertongue Feb 25, 2014

    If I go to a business that has towing enforced parking I don't stay to do business with them. I guess this is a good reason I stay away from Carrboro, as well as Chapel Hill and Hillsbourgh street in Raleigh. A person shouldn't be penalized for parking somewhere for 15 minutes. If a vehicle is parked somewhere for hours sure, but these tow companies prey on anyone they can. It's even been proven that people were in the business they were towed from and still have to pay a horrible amount to get their vehicle out of hock. It's legal car theft and it's not right!