Last week we reported that a class action lawsuit has been filed against a Detroit-based towing company that had been preying on car owners here and in Detroit.
Breakthrough Towing had been targeting cars that parked at the CVS Pharmacy parking lot on Jos. Campau after business hours.
As it turned out, the company did not have a contract with CVS, nor permission to post their warning signs. The signs were taken down, and the company has not returned.
But before that came to light, the company was charging anywhere from $400 to $500 for people to get their cars back.
The fact that these victims had to pay cash only should also raise a red flag.
Breakthrough is not alone. We have read about equally aggressive towing companies doing this same act in other cities.
What is clearly needed is state legislation to rein in these businesses.
An attorney representing the victims of Breakthrough talked to us about the immense red tape people have to go through to challenge towing companies and their fees.
That has to change now.
We are soon going to have a new state representative and state senator elected this November. We urge whoever is chosen by voters to represent us in Lansing to make this a priority issue and introduce legislation.
Guaranteed, if one or both of these brand new legislators can accomplish this task, they will have some very grateful constituents.
Oct. 5, 2018