If a car is hooked up to a tow truck but has not left the parking lot, can the driver charge a tow fee?

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If a car is hooked up to a tow truck but has not left the parking lot, can the driver charge a tow fee?

My understanding is that they cannot charge a drop fee but the driver said he was not charging a drop fee. Rather, he was charging for the whole tow and that as long as the car has moved from the spot, he is safe. Is this true?

Asked on October 17, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, North Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not the driver of the tow truck that you have written about can charge a tow fee or a drop fee given the circumstances that you have written about depends upon what the protocol is with the company. What you have written about is a business decision of the company and not an issue of law.


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