On June 2, 2009 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors amended their 1992 non-consent, private property towing ordinance. Several significant
changes were made. Changes include, and are not limited to, the complete elimination of the second signature requirment, the complete elimination of the
requirement to wait 30 minutes before towing and significant increases in fee limits.
In an unusual move, the Prince William Police Department drafted and proposed their own towing ordinance version to the PWC Board. The PWPD version, more onerous to towers and property owners, included a second signature provision, 30 minute wait requirement and lower fee limits. After presentations and much pressure from property owners and towing companies the PWC Board unanimously rejected the PWPD proposed ordinance accepting instead a version proposed by the Prince William County Towing Association (PWCTA). The PWCTA version had the backing of the PWC Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Apartment Association, the Apartment and Office Building Association, many towers and property owners. During the hearing to adopt the ordinance, one PWC Board member publicly scolded the PWPD for their handling of the process.
Congratulations to all of those who particpated in the lobbying effort. For those who may have been reluctant to participate...stand up for the industry and get involved next time.