RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you don't pay close attention to where you park in the City of Richmond, it's going to cost you a bit more these days. The city has just approved a new contract with a private towing company that will cost you nearly $100 per tow.
"We're charging $95, yes," said council woman, Reva Trammell."We had to go up because gas is going to go up and you have to realize that these sub contractors are not making money too."
The vote was almost unanimous between council members. The previous contract cost a driver $65 in towing fees. Now the fee has been raised $30 to $95 per tow.
"It's really a no win situation but you know because everybody, when you park your car there, you're going to get towed and then you've got to pay to get your car back," said Trammell. "It happened to me!"
While the fee increase is blamed on the economy and the rising gas prices, one councilman seemed concerned for the drivers in his district. The rate hike comes at a time when some families are still struggling financially.
"To the average homeowner, to the students that live in my district, to the folks that come down to First Fridays, that's a big increase in the potential cost to having your car towed," said councilman, Charles Samuels.
No matter how much it costs, the only way to avoid having to pay is to obey the signs posted so your car doesn't get towed.