Assemblyman Dinowitz: Beware of Unscrupulous Tow Operators

April 29, 2005
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has warned constituents to be aware of towing companies that engage in illegal business practices.

The Assembly’s office has received several complaints about one local towing company. Some cars have been towed under questionable circumstances. Also, drivers have only been given the option to pay cash which is illegal – a credit card option must be available. One person received a damage bill for over $2,000 after her car was carelessly towed. "People need to be aware of their rights and should not be taken advantage of by unscrupulous businesses," said Assemblyman Dinowitz.

Assemblyman Dinowitz noted that the proper course of action is to contact Consumer Affairs through his office to receive a complaint form. This form, when filled out and mailed in, can lead to a substantial fine which increases with each complaint. If enough complaints are filed, the towing company will undergo an investigation and possibly go out of business, as did two corrupt towing companies recently. "I urge anyone who has received bad treatment from a towing company to contact Consumer Affairs and file a complaint form, and inform my office at 718-796-5345. We cannot and should not tolerate any bad business practices in our community," stated Assemblyman Dinowitz.