City officials are ready to crack down on drivers of “illegal” tow trucks in Chicago by demanding that they obtain a driver’s license in the city. Major city committees unanimously approve the revised proposal after the original plan stalled a month ago.
The bill, which is scheduled for a final vote by the entire city council on May 26, empowers the Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection to obtain a tow truck license in Chicago, as Steve Goodman. “Lincoln Park Pirates.”
Tow truck operators will pay $ 250 per truck or $ 750 per lot to license the business based on Ald’s plans. Gilbert Bigegas (36th ward).
According to the measures, tow trucks can lose their city license in three violations. Illinois also licenses tow truck operators.
According to the bill, trucks are soliciting work at the scene of an accident, “spoofing or false representation” from government agencies, and “false, misleading, or threatening statements or representations” to potential customers. “Create” is prohibited.
According to Birgas, the National Insurance Crime Authority has ranked Chicago as the second most towed city of abuse complaints in the country.
“The law enforcement agency, CPD, reported shootings between rival towing companies and arson at towing facilities, which is a clear component of organized crime,” said Villegas. “The city has to fight a fraudulent tow truck.”
Aldo. Raymond Lopez (15th arrondissement) said after a tow truck driver was driving fast in a residential area in Southwestside, moving towards the Westband, and a city council member told the driver to stop doing what was wrong. , Said “intimately” to shoot Lopez and the mayor. One-way road.
Violations of the ordinance can result in fines of $ 500 to $ 1,000 for each breach, and according to the bill, businesses claiming to be government or law enforcement officers can be fined $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 for each breach. You will be fined.
After the bill stalled a month ago, Villegas agreed to exempt drivers from towing work under a contract with the city and require drivers to disclose their serious convictions during a driver’s license background check. ..
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