Vaughan soon to set tow truck fee cap

Vaughan plans to impose new caps on certain tow truck fees.

The current bylaw sets a maximum charge of $250 to tow a vehicle from a collision, but now city staff are recommending limiting the amount that can be billed for other services such as towing from a non-collision site, storage fees and wait times at the Collision Reporting Centre in Richmond Hill, where police prepare collision reports.

The recommendation comes after complaints that tow truck operators have billed customers more than $3,000.

If approved by council, the new caps would be:

  • $125 for a non-collision tow, inclusive of dollies used to assist in towing, with a $3.58 per kilometre fee for travel time outside city limits;
  • $55 per day for outside storage, over a 24-hour period;
  • $60 per day for indoor storage, over a 24-hour period and;
  • $67 per hour (after the first hour) for Collision Reporting Centre waiting time.

If your vehicle has been towed in Vaughan recently, we’d like to hear what you think about the proposed fee caps.