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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Updates to City Towing Policy

Updates to City Towing Policy

On March 4, 2020, the City of Ithaca amended its legislation that pertains to towing. The City worked collaboratively with all of the tow operators on the City’s tow rotation list to adopt a comprehensive policy that defined the rules of operation and incorporated a system of accountability.  

Part of the new policy also provided for an increase in towing and storage rates as they had not been increased in over 10 years. The new rates for a standard tow is $200 and the storage rate is now $50 per day after the first 24 hours. The revenue from these fees is collected by the tow operators, as they provide the service, accept all liability, and are required to maintain and insure their fleets. 

The City’s goal is to reduce the amount of vehicles that require towing each year but we need your help to do that. Please adhere to the City’s parking regulations, New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, and all posted signage whether on private or public property. Please do not block driveways, park across sidewalks, park in loading zones, or too close to a fire hydrant.  You can prevent your vehicle from being towed by being informed.  

Please feel free to reach out to City Clerk , Julie Conley Holcomb, (607) 274- 6570, the Parking and Transportation Division, and the Ithaca Police Department Records Division, if you have any questions relating to the new towing policy or where you can legally park your vehicle.

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