Suing for Towing Abuses

Yes, you may have remedies when you have been unlawfully towed.  Here are just a couple unlawful practices outlined in the New Jersey Predatory Towing Act.

1. Trolling by Dishonest Towing Company

A towing company sees a car illegally parked and tows it.  That is unlawful unless the towing company has a contract with the business establishment. “No person shall tow any motor vehicle parked for an unauthorized purpose or during a time at
which such parking is not permitted from any privately owned parking lot, from other private property or from any common driveway without the consent of the motor vehicle owner or operator, unless:

(1) the person shall have entered into a contract for private property towing with the owner.

2. Required Sign

The law requires,

(1) there is posted in a conspicuous place at all vehicular entrances to the property which can easily be seen by the public, a sign no smaller than 36 inches high and 36 inches wide stating:

(a) the purpose or purposes for which parking is authorized and the times during which such parking is permitted;

(b) that unauthorized parking is prohibited and unauthorized motor vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense;

(c) the name, address, and telephone number of the towing company that will perform the towing;

If your vehicle has been unlawfully towed you may have grounds to contest the fees.  Call us at (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation on your claim.

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