Boulder to revisit rules on predatory towing
Boulder will revisit tighter towing rules in the near and distant future after a discussion over ways to limit impacts on low-income residents spanned several hours Thursday night.
City council did not pass an ordinance, continuing the second hearing so that tweaks could be incorporated into the suggested regulations. One of those included dropping a waiting period that was opposed by landlords and business owners who said it would encourage illegal parking.
The ordinance was brought forward after residents of San Juan Del Centro Apartments complained of rampant towing, including late-night disappearances of their vehicles. One resident spoke during the public hearing, describing his experiences through a translator.
Jose Lopez Garcia bought a new car on Friday. The vehicle was registered with the state, he said, but had not yet obtained a sticker from the apartment complex signifying that he lived there. When he went to drive his daughter to a doctor’s appointment at 7 a.m. Monday morning, it had been towed from his designated spot.
Lopez initially didn’t have enough money to get his vehicle out of impound. City Attorney Tom Carr said Thursday that any tow will cost at least $300. Because the state allows for $30 a day in storage fees, the amount Lopez needed kept growing.
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