Tow-truck firms sue over Seattle’s cap on fees

Two-truck operators aren’t happy about efforts by Seattle to cap fees.

In a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court, the Towing and Recovery Association of Washington argues the city cannot adopt regulations that are inconsistent with state law regulating towing and impound fees.

The City Council in September unanimously approved an ordinance to cap towing and impound fees. Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilman Nick Licata introduced the legislation in response to reports about tows that exceeded $800.

The law set a limit of $183 per hour for the first hour of an impound tow off private property and $130 per hour for any additional time.

The lawsuit asks the court to stop the city from enforcing the cap on towing fees, which went into effect Nov. 1.