Despite opposition from area towing firms, the City Council has tentatively approved sweeping changes in the city's towing regulations.
The council voted 7 to 1 to approve the changes, which include a stipulation that towing companies accept credit cards or personal checks for payment of fees.
In addition, the new regulations make it illegal for a towing firm to remove a vehicle from private property unless a notice is posted.
Richard Waldo, an attorney representing CCR Towing, told the council the regulations "single out" towing firms and "affect their ability to stay in business." The use of credit cards or checks should be "a convenience, not a requirement," he said.