A crackdown is due for rogue towing companies

Enough with rogue towing companies operating in Hamtramck.
Now that there has been the appearance of another predatory towing company operating in town, city officials and the police department need to take an immediate look in regulating this industry.
Councilmember Ian Perrotta is introducing proposed legislation to rein in towing companies and how they can conduct business in Hamtramck.
(Editor’s note: Perrotta is the copy editor here at The Review.)
There is also a state law regulating towing services. Companies should not be allowed to hover around privately-owned lots to tow away unsuspecting car owners.
It should be that a tow company can only tow a car when the lot owner requests it.
Companies should also need to provide written proof of the owner’s request to the police department before a car is towed.
Incidents of aggressive-predatory towing practices are widespread in Detroit. This is an industry that is out of control.
Hamtramck can be the first community to protect car owners and set an example for other cities.

4 Responses to A crackdown is due for rogue towing companies

  1. John Dory

    May 26, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    One thing I would like to know is what has the Hamtramck P.D. done to address the Bumbo’s Bar issues with Breakthrough Towing?

    If what CVS management is saying is correct – that they had NO contract or other understanding with Breakthrough to tow vehicles – then what we have here is multiple instances of auto theft, fraudulent inducement of payment of towing fees- and even robbery to the extent that Bumbo’s owner had photo proof its clientele were blocked by force from leaving the CVS parking lot so that Breakthrough Towing operators could tow the vehicle away and evict the Bumbo’s customer from his or her own vehicle.

    Breakthrough Towing has a long history of complaints from the public and even a federal court inujunction by AAA forbidding unauthorized use of AAA’s logo – yet very little appears to be being done to deter further questionable practices.

  2. Stan Zelmanski

    May 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    “This is an industry that is out of control.”

    I am absolutely floored not only by the blatantly outrageous acts by Breakthrough Towing within the City of Hamtramck but also by the apparent inaction by relevant city officials to ensure that this company pays a penalty.

    There should be some type of criminal investigation conducted with a report to the public on the findings as well as a report to relevant licensing authorities.

    Does the City of Hamtramck still have Boulevard & Trumbull Towing as their exclusive towing contractor given the recent events reported in the media regarding Gasper Fiore?

  3. Birdman

    June 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    All of the hullaballoo regarding parking boils down to one thing…. RESPECT, or rather a lack of it.

    People should refrain from parking on the private property of another. If it’s NOT your property, and you do NOT have the express permission of the owner to park there – then don’t.

    It doesn’t matter if you are a member of the clergy, or otherwise do community service work, or belong a any kind of ethnic or religious group — respect the property rights of other people. Nobody owes you anything. That is correct: you are NOT entitled.

    It actually is rather simple concept. RESPECT other people’s property.

  4. Concerned

    June 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Wrong. The owners of these lots indicated that they do not mind people parking in their lots and the towing trucks had no authority to tow these cars.

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