Tow truck rates may increase in Chattanooga

City Council to vote on new ordinance Tuesday night

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — If you’re paying to have your vehicle towed in the city of Chattanooga, you could soon be seeing double.

City Council members will be voting at tomorrow night’s meeting to potentially increase towing rates in the Scenic City.

Local tower Mark Shackleford says daytime tows would be raised from 125 dollars to 250.

Night, weekend and holiday tows would be more than doubled.

“The increase in all of the compliance issues and all of the employee scenarios just continue to drive costs,” said Shackleford, owner of Shackleford Towing and Recovery. “Not to mention the cost of the trucks, the insurance and just the industry as a whole, it’s a lot more difficult to operate today than it was back then.”

Shackleford says the industry hasn’t seen a price raise in Chattanooga in 18 years.

He says the council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance change during its first reading.

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