Tow-truck ‘spotters’ would be banned under Ohio House bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio–A Northeast Ohio lawmaker is looking to make it illegal for towing companies to hire ‘spotters’ to report illegally parked vehicles.

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Under House Bill 113, introduced Thursday by state Rep. Tom Patton, towing officials caught using spotters could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Patton, a Strongsville Republican, said he introduced the bill after WEWS-TV in Cleveland did a report last year on the use of spotters.

‘To actually employ people whose sole job is to call it in’it didn’t pass the smell test for me,’ Patton said.

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What to do if you need car accident towing

It’s impossible not to stress out when you’ve had a bingle: you’re in shock, there’s traffic banking up behind you and all you can think about is getting your car off the road and getting out of there. Then suddenly a tow truck driver arrives to move your car and you’re so relieved you could just about kiss them.

But do you just go with the first tow truck to arrive on the scene and trust that they’ll take care of you? We’ll talk you through what to do, what to watch out for, and what the rules are around tow trucks in your region.

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A surprise, data-driven return of the repo man

CLEVELAND ‘ The computer in the spotter car shouted ‘Hide!’ and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing happened. He’d just found another wanted vehicle. He was about to ruin someone’s day. Best not to draw attention.

It helped that he wasn’t in a tow truck, the stereotypical image of a repo man. Lewis drove a beat-up Ford Crown Victoria sedan. It had four small cameras mounted on the trunk and a laptop bolted to the dash. The high-speed cameras captured every passing license plate. The computer contained a growing list of hundreds of thousands of vehicles with seriously late loans. The system could spot a repossession in an instant. Even better, it could keep tabs on a car long before the loan went bad.

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‘They’re like bandits!’ In the middle of the night, towing company takes cars, shocks drivers with new fees

MILWAUKEE — In the middle of the night, cars are disappearing from private parking lots all over Milwaukee. They’re not being stolen. They’re being towed away. One company is towing far more cars from private property than anyone else. And their bill could leave you with a bad case of sticker shock.

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On a recent Sunday morning, a little after 4:00 a.m., FOX6’s hidden cameras recorded a tow truck rolling through the Woodlands — a sprawling condominium complex near 91st and Brown Deer Road.

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“They sneak up and get the cars and they back out without anyone even knowing that they are over here,” said Markquita Macklin, another Woodlands tenant.

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Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry

The State of Colorado will be the next territory in the United States to join California in embracing electric vehicles. Democratic Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order (his very first) proposing that the zero-emission vehicle rule be enacted no later than May of 2019. The rule would require automakers to sell more electric cars within the state each year until it reaches utopian status.

However, that could still be decades away. Thus far, Polis has only asked’the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment to propose new rules to the Air Quality Control Commission over the coming months. As of now, there are no official rules stipulating how many EVs need to be sold every year. And California, which started is ZEV program years ago, estimates electric vehicles will account for between 8 and 9 percent of all new car sales within the state by 2025.’