South Lake Tahoe, CA—Officials Seek Information on Tow Companies Defrauding Consumers. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has received informal complaints from the public about possible illegal tow practices. These complaints involve cars that were towed from the private parking areas near Heavenly Village. The SLTPD and El Dorado County District Attorney, Vern Pierson, are investigating whether illegal and improper predatory business practices have occurred.
The complaints involve a tow company improperly holding stored vehicles longer than necessary, thereby adding extra storage fees by:
1. Not being available during business hours to return the vehicle
2. Imposing unreasonable release requirements (such as requiring the personal appearance of the registered owner when other legal vehicle release options exist)
A scam may also include towing vehicles from private parking lots before the vehicle has remained parked for more than one hour (as required by Veh. Code § 22953).
If you believe you are the victim of a predatory tow company in South Lake Tahoe, please e-mail your story and contact information to: LMRoot@cityofslt.us. In the event the submitted information can be used to prove illegal business practices, the violating company(s) may be held civilly and/or criminally responsible.