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Columbus Citizens Complain of 'Predatory Towing'

COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger/Kate Liebers) -- The state house held a hearing on predatory towing Tuesday night, during which Columbus drivers demanded change.

Some complained that parking signs are not always clear, and cars parked in the wrong spot could be towed.

People at the statehouse argued that tow truck drivers have been charging far more than the $90 the state allows, and sometimes towing cars that aren't illegally parked.

Two central Ohio lawmakers have asked for stricter regulations, including requiring companies to take a picture of the parked car before it is towed. 

They have also proposed installing signs that state where the car has been towed.

One of the biggest problem areas seemed to be around the Ohio State University campus, where one person said students' cars are impounded when a parking ticket would have sufficed.

Companies that opposed the changes to the law have said the problem is not predatory towing, but predatory parking. Tow truck drivers have said they are just doing their job by going after people who have parked illegally.

Those who are against the proposed law are to present their case next week.
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