NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Towing operators and the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety have met recently regarding a request by the towing operators to make changes to current ordinances.
At a council meeting Monday, city leaders passed the first reading of an ordinance to amend certain sections of the Code of Ordinances dealing with towing.
The fees and response times in the current ordinance were established three years ago. The department of public safety supports the requested amendments to the ordinance.
Regarding the ordinance, "Once notified, the wrecker service should be on scene within 15 minutes under normal traffic conditions."
The requested change would authorize the wrecker services to be on scene within 30 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
In regards to another section of the same ordinance, the current law states, "If the towing service is in response to a wreck during business hours (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), the fee for the tow will not exceed $150. If the towing service responds after business hours (6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.), the fee for the tow will not exceed $185."
The towing operators have requested that this fee schedule be amended to a flat fee of $200, regardless of the time of day the tow is made.
Currently, as the law allows, "Daily storage fees may not exceed $20 per day beginning 24 hours after the vehicle is towed."
The towing operators have requested that this section be amended to authorize that daily storage fees may not exceed $25 per day beginning 12 hours after the vehicle is towed.
As the law currently allows, when Towing from Private Property, "Towing any motor vehicle or trailer 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or less, per tow, flat fee to include dollies and Go-Jacks: $135. Towing any vehicle and trailer over 10,000 pounds GVW, per tow: $2I0."
The towing operators have requested that the fee for both categories be raised by $15, which would result in a fee for tows of 10,000 pounds GVW or less at $150, and a fee for tows of more than 10,000 pounds GVW at $225.
The towing operators have also requested that language be included in [a section of the ordinance,] Wrecker and Towing Services by Rotation, and Section 22-43, Towing from Private Property, that when towing multi-linked vehicles, each item to be towed shall be considered separate and apart, with each separate item having its own towing and storage fee.