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Changes to Spartanburg non-consensual towing ordinance unanimously pass first reading

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At a Spartanburg City Council hearing on Monday, council members voted unanimously on the first reading of additions to the city's non-consensual towing and booting ordinance.

The ordinance, which passed a second reading in April, puts a price cap on towing services and requires towing signage approved by the city manager to be placed at the entrance of every privately-owned commercial parking lot.

City officials now want to expand the ordinance to guarantee vehicle owners access to their personal items after towing. The ordinance changes require towing operators to have a facility within two miles of the city, to provide "reasonable access" for owners to remove personal items, and require a staffing operator be available four hours per day during business owners to allow owners access to their vehicle.

City Manager Ed Memmott spoke at the council meeting and said he and city staff believe the new changes will strengthen the towing code and provide extra protection to the public.

Memmott said the changes are "an effort to continue to strike the right balance between the rights of the private property owner to control their property and also protect folks that may have their vehicles towed."

Councilman Alan Jenkins spoke out in support of the changes at the meeting. Jenkins said he was contacted by a constituent who said she was not able to access her cancer medication from a towed vehicle.

"I think this is a great change and a good adjustment," Jenkins said.

Council members all voted in favor of the ordinance, which will move to a second reading. If it passes a second reading, the changes will go into effect 30 days later.

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