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Court blocks Chapel Hill towing rules pending appeal

Posted June 25, 2013

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— The North Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Chapel Hill suspend enforcement of new towing regulations while a lawsuit over the rules is appealed.

Chapel Hill adopted towing regulations in February 2012 to cut down on complaints about predatory towing, but the ordinance never took effect because towing company operator George King challenged them and a local ban on using cellphones while driving.

King argued that the combination of the two ordinances would harm his business, saying that his drivers would be cited for using a cellphone in responding to calls from people seeking to recover their towed cars.

A Superior Court judge threw out both ordinances last year, but the state Court of Appeals reversed the ruling three weeks ago, saying King hadn't shown any harm from either ordinance.

Chapel Hill intended to begin enforcing the towing regulations Monday while holding off on the cellphone ban while driving.

The rules would require tow zones to be properly marked, set fees towing companies can charge, require them to accept credit or debit card payment, mandate that they inform police before towing any vehicle and prohibit impound lots from being more than 15 miles from town.

King asked the state Supreme Court Monday to review the Court of Appeals ruling.

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  • publicassistance Jun 26, 2013

    Thanks Chapel Hill for wasting more of our money on legal fees and useless gestures. I guess that is why you decided to hike our property taxes 4% (2% city/2% special school district) this year while everyone around us held the line.

    These same folks wasting our money and raising taxes are the ones bemoaning Chapel Hill becoming unaffordable to the average citizen. Lib blindness knows no bounds...

  • stymieindurham Jun 25, 2013

    "A Superior Court judge . . . . "
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    The infamous loose cannon Judge Hudson in Durham.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 25, 2013

    Hope it goes through and more local goverments pass something like it before it gets out of hand like in other areas and states. As for cell phone ban, I say go for it. Also, stop our goverment workers, (elected or not) from using them, if their insurance is being paid by tax dollars. While driving tax paid vehicles. Maybe our insurance cost would go down.