Ohio could soon make it illegal for towing companies to hire ‘spotters’

Proposal to outlaw 'spotters' used by tow truck companies

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Tow companies in Ohio that hire “spotters” to watch out for people parking illegally could soon find themselves in trouble with the law.

“Spotters” keep an eye out for people who park in spots where it says parking prohibited and then tow your car the minute you walk away.

This week, the Transportation and Public Safety Committee in the Ohio House unanimously passed a bill that would make that practice illegal.

Violators could be fined up to $500 and face 60 days in jail.

The bill is now up for a full House vote and then if it passes it will head to the Senate.

House Rep. Thomas Patton (R) told FOX19 NOW that people should park where they’re supposed to park but, “We can’t allow predatory towing. I’m hopeful the House will pass it and then the Senate will support it.”

The bill only affects tow truck companies. It does not make it illegal for people to call tow truck companies on illegal parking.

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