Response to Fred Hall (for publication):

When towing happens because of illegal parking, charges may differ from when you call for a simple tow for your own car. For example, I recently used H&H for a simple tow and the charge was about $80 to tow to Okemos, but it is my impression from speaking to people in the know that the charge for illegal parking towing (which is often more complicated, because the driver is not there) may be significantly higher. Storage fees may also differ.

Regardless, it is worth finding out what people are paying and whether the charges are high enough to cause economic distress to some of the towees. Many municipalities cap or otherwise contract to keep fees from being exorbitant.

Alice Dreger