Certain traffic violators will pay more for a tow

By on November 6, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board approved an ordinance on Tuesday that allows the village to collect a $500 towing fee from individuals when their car is towed for certain violations.

These violations include driving under the influence, driving with a suspended registration or without a valid driver’s license, and driving while wanted on a warrant. The fee would not be charged when a vehicle is towed after being involved in a car crash or for disabled vehicles.

According to village officials, the fee will allow the village to recover the associated costs when a police officer has to have a vehicle towed from the scene of a traffic stop. This charge is in addition to the fee charged by the towing company which impounds the vehicle.

Rich’s Auto Service and Towing owner Russ Wendling said the common cost for emergency police towing service, which requires that he pick up the car within 20 minutes, is $125 during the day and $140 at night.

Although trustee Bob Bohler said he thought the $500 fee was too high, the Police Department’s research showed that it was line with what surrounding villages, such as Aurora and Montgomery, charge.

The ordinance also establishes towing regulations that establish who is eligible to be on the village’s authorized towing list and imposes certain requirements on the towing firms to protect the village.