DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit police are officially taking over much of the city's towing operations, meaning if your car gets towed in the D, it's the police department that has your car.
The new system is giving Detroit Police Department the power to serve as the city's exclusive tower. Police say now that they are handling these tows, meaning high fees will go away.
"It's not unique to Detroit all across the country there have been issues with towers in government and we decided to adopt a new system," said Lt. Michael Parish.
Police say, back in 2013, Detroit City Council imposed standardized fees across the board but some towing companies decided to apply add-ons.
"We found that at least in the case of some tow companies is that sure, they adhere to the towing fees, the storage fees, but we would see these other fees," Parish said. "We would see gate fees, or tow out fees. And these fees were disproportionate to the intent of the city council," Lt. Parish said. was."
Police say some of the vehicles they will tow are blocking roads, were involved in a crime or an accident. They also say it will not take officers off the streets.
"You'll see a tow truck driver who is a civilian, a CDL holder," Parish said. "Who has all the requisite endorsements needed to operate the tow truck, you are going to see them out on the street. He is going to wait for a call from dispatch, in response to an officer requesting towing services."
FOX 2 was with Detroit Police when a tow truck operator was sent to Liberal and Gratiot to pick up a vehicle that had an invalid plate. If the owner comes to claim their car. Police say they will only find standard fees.
"Ninety of vehicles the tow fee is a flat $125 fee, it is $15 per day for storage and a $75 admin fee," Parish said. (That) helps offset some of the cost associated with the administration of towing."
Lt Parish believes this new endeavor will cut down on citizen complaints.
"It's a win-win for the city and for the citizens," Parish said.