A court ruling released today sides with residents who were towed in August and September of last year by Elite, Ultitimate, or Watson's Towing, in violation of a city ordinance. The ordinance says a tow company must tow a car to the "permanent business address" of the tow yard.
Police say that didn't always happen because some tow companies share their lots.
The tow yard owner says he plans to fight the decision.
"Why can a towing company only have one location? In the ordinance it was that you had to take it from point A to point B and that was it," said owner Stan Forron.
But city workers are celebrating a victory.
"It's a good day for the city because I think it proves the changes being made in the ordinance are going to be effective in trying to get the companies to play by the rules that are established," said Gainesville Police Lt. Pete Backhaus.
And Backhaus says he plans to file several hundred more cases he believes are in violation.
The court ruling requires the tow company to pay back the 93 people whose cars were towed. They also tacked on a 25-dollar fine to each citation--- the grand total is around 10-thousand dollars.
Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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