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Council increases towing rates

Your odds of getting your car towed in Evanston have dropped dramatically in recent years. But if you do get towed, it will cost you more soon.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to let the city’s towing contractor charge higher rates.

The current rate for towing cars is $120. The amended contract, which goes into effect on Aug. 1, raises the rate to $145.

For trucks under 2.5 tons, the rate will rise from $250 to $300.

North Shore Towing asked for the rate hikes because it is towing far fewer vehicles than projected when it signed its current contract with the city in 2006.

The next year the city decided to revamp its street-sweeping schedule, which has virtually eliminated the need to tow cars for obstructing street cleaning work.

Those tows dropped from 1,122 in 2006 to just two last year.

Towing for most other reasons also declined, leading to a 47 percent overall decrease in tow jobs between 2006 and 2008.

Of the new, higher rates, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said, “Nobody has to suffer from this if you just follow the rules.”

City officials say the new rates are still less than the rates charged in five other municipalities that have contracts with North Shore Towing.

Rates North Shore charges the city for towing city-owned vehicles will not change.

Towing Category Old rate New rate
Towing of auto $120 $145
Towing of auto w/trailer $140 $165
Towing of truck $200 $250
Towing of truck over 2.5 ton $250 $300
Towing of tractor trailers $350 $350
Storage hours 0-2 $5 $5
Storage hours 2-12 $20 $20
Storage hours 12-24 $30 $40
Road Service $50 $60

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