Town to introduce tow truck licensing this fall

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Town to introduce tow truck licensing this fall
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The Town of Oakville will be implementing a tow truck by-law this year that will regulate towing prices and make sure that only licensed tow truck companies, drivers and vehicle storage yards run in Oakville.

“Residents have been experiencing exorbitant towing fees,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Council has asked staff to look at options that will put the proper – and necessary – controls in place.”

While towing is largely under the province’s jurisdiction, staff will be looking into actions that can be taken under the town’s business licensing by-law to curb unreasonable rates and unfair practices within the community.

There will be an Open House information session on Friday, August 3rd from 12:30 to 2:30 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex where residents and members of the industry can learn more.

“Our goal of introducing a tow truck licensing by-law is to make sure residents and visitors have safe, consistent and reliable options after a collision or breakdown or when their vehicle is towed from private commercial property, while providing fair and reasonable regulations to tow truck operators,” said Jim Barry, the town’s director of Municipal Enforcement Services.

Town staff will be on hand to explain some of the proposed regulations at the open house. A draft by-law will go to Council in September.

If you plan to attend the meeting on August 3 and have accessibility needs, please contact Margaret Boswell by July 27 at 905-845-6601, ext. 3350 or margaret.boswell@oakville.ca.

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