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Senate task members pursuing unfair towing

Date: December 3, 2015
By: Melissa Zygowicz
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Auto towing practices in the state have caught the attention of state lawmakers looking to put a stop to it.
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Wrap: Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown said predatory towing is a problem across the state that needs to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.

Munzlinger said tow companies are let off too easy with how they handle peoples cars.

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Description: "Once a tow company hooks on to your car, they've got total control of it and that's why we feel we need some regulation, not only on pricing of the tow but how the vehicle is handled after it's towed."
In some circumstances, tow companies are towing cars without proper consent in instances like accident scenes.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

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State lawmakers are looking to put restriction to when a tow company can tow your car and how much they can charge.
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Wrap: Tow companies in the state of Missouri are not practicing proper towing practices.

Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown says some tow companies are getting out of control with how they handle peoples cars.

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Description: "Once they've got it, you're at their whim and unfortunately we've got some unscrupulous tow truck drivers out there, not saying all of them are but the one's that are causing the bad reputation, they're putting a blemish on the whole industry."
Lawmakers plan to file a bill that will help to prevent these practices from happening in the state.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

Intro: 
A Senate committee is putting together plans for towing companies about when they can tow your car and how much they can charge you.
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Wrap: Tow companies in the state of Missouri can tow a car without any consent in instances like accident scenes.

Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown says this problem is getting out of hand.

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Run Time:  00:18
Description: "Unfortunately sometimes they'll jimmy the lock to get into the vehicle without a police officer there. I think that needs to be one of the issues we look at, too. Anytime somebody is into a vehicle or gets into a vehicle there needs to be a police officer there if the owner cannot be there."
Munzlinger says lawmakers are putting together a bill to prevent these practices from happening in the state.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.


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