Drivers who get towed in Vancouver could be on the hook for some hefty new fees.
A report from the city’s Chief Licence Inspector to city council next week recommends increasing impound towing rates and release fees by 22% for vehicles picked up from commercial parking lots.
The report says the towing industry wants the double the rates, but as an interim measure upon further review, staff recommend an inflationary rate increase.
Rates haven’t been hiked since 2007.
Right now if you get a ticket for a parking bylaw infraction, it will cost you $75 dollars for the tow and $38 to release it.
The increase means you’d pay $91 dollars for the tow or a $45 dollar release fee if the driver gets to the truck before their vehicle is actually removed.
Drake’s Towing wants to increase its tow rate to $142 dollars and its release fee to $71.00, while Busters towing wants to charge $130 dollars and $65.00 to release the vehicle.
A “commercial parking lot” in the city’s “vehicle for hire bylaw” says its an “area of land or any building or part thereof where the lawful parking of motor vehicles is provided for a fee, and includes, where no fee is charged, areas provided specifically for customers of a business, or tenants in buildings other than buildings used exclusively for residential purposes.”