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Safeguard or unnecessary hinderance? Depends on who you ask.
Following in the wake of the Christmas Eve shooting of a Bluffton man whose car was booted by a controversial towing company, new rules and regulations are coalescing for all towing in Beaufort County.
And while those rules may yet change much or never be approved at all, it seemed like a good time to pass along what they were.
You can read the full proposed ordinance here, or keep reading below for some highlights.
- Violations of the ordinance are punishable by a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.
- Fee caps for ordinary towing (the ordinance outlines specific situations where they can be exceeded). Carrier $200; light-medium wrecker $200; no-tow (arrival only) $75; no-tow (attached) $100; tow exceeding one hour $125 per hour; storage (per day, after first 24 hours) $40.
- Tow operators must allow personal items to be removed from vehicles.
- Booting is forbidden.
- Property owner associations will not be allowed to have special rules to their private roads if the roads are enforced by public law enforcement.
- Restrictions on who can tow private vehicles and if a property owner and tow company have an agreement to tow vehicles, and written approval must be obtained before towing.
We'll be sure to keep you posted.
- If the debate on new towing rules is new to you, get the backstory here.