Rogue towies stopped in tracks by new laws: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed the introduction of new legislation which stopped tow truck cowboys from being able to strong-arm Queensland drivers into paying exorbitant fees for private property towing from car parks.

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The laws, which come into effect tomorrow (Monday 16 April), followed an RACQ-led campaign to overhaul the towing industry.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said tow truck drivers would only be able to charge a capped fee of $250 for a private property tow and would not be permitted to charge more than $25 per day for yard storage.

“This is a huge win for motorists who’ll no longer be taken for a ride by rogue towies if they’re caught parking in a private car park,” Mr Turner said.

“We’ve been fighting for these reforms for years so to finally get this legislation is a huge win.”

Mr Turner said motorists now had the power to demand the release of their vehicle if they returned to find it on the back of a tow truck.

“If you spot your car being towed, by law, towies must give you the option to pay a one-off release fee of no more than $150,” he said.

Mr Turner said the laws would see tighter restrictions placed on who could get a tow truck licence, which included taking an applicant’s previous criminal history into account, and fines would be issued for intimidating and abusive behaviour.

“RACQ tow truck drivers, don’t conduct unauthorised tows from private properties, and our club has long called for higher standards in the industry,” he said.

Mr Turner said drivers could avoid being fined if they checked signage carefully before they parked.

“If you’re unsure, don’t risk it – simply find a space somewhere else.”

Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website for a full break down of changes.