Also, everything that has been reported in the media about the 2 gentlemen who were alleged "victims" has all been one sided. No one has heard from Adkins or Parsons on a public level. So quick to condemn people without getting both sides of the story....what a shame. Maybe the media should contact them for comment before posting?? Just a thought.
Gary Pusey did not say that 90 percent would leave town....he said 90 percent would leave the city of Salisbury's rotation list because the proposed rates are too low and expected to cover too many scenarios. I was there. I heard him. Get it right.
If they want to regulate rates then do it fairly. Hire a professional firm to come in and do a cost analysis and cost of doing business report. Then try to come up with fees that are fair. Dont look to other agencies and towns to do the work for you because their rates and rules may be wrong too. It was printed that Ocean City tow rates are 65 dollars. HUH?? Im down there all the time....the signs are yellow and black, they are everywhere....it's 185 minimum and "other charges may apply". The reporter (Slake) for the Daily Times should research her stuff a little more before printing it. If anyone wants answers to any towing related questions then call the people who know towing, not the people who dont.
When there is a wreck the scenarios and dynamics of that wreck are so different. It could be a simple fender bender, or it could be a burned up truck flipped over in the woods far from the road. Every accident is different so how can you say this fee or that fee is the correct fee for the labor involved. Get towed for bad tags or d.u.i. or no insurance and the labor is usually the same. The variables there would be location, weather, and time of day. If you get towed at 4am for ANY reason it will cost you more than 4pm, thats for sure!
No other industry related to accident remediation is regulated. Ambulances, the power company, the phone companies....they are all called by police to accident scenes if they are needed. The driver/owner of the vehicles involved do not ever see the invoices charged to insurance companies if a utility pole is hit. They do not pay out of pocket and so there for dont ever complain about being gouged. Maybe the ambulances....consumers see those invoices, but usually dont pay cash to settle up. The insurance companies pay those bills. Can you imagine what those invoices to the insurance company look like? Call out 3 or 4 Delmarva Power trucks, 5 or 6 employees, and a supervisor at 4am to a smashed utility pole and see what the charges are ! They are not regulated. Not even a little bit. I dont think 600 dollars to ride an ambulance 2.3 miles is very fair either, but I paid it when the bill came due. Government (large or small) has no place in private industry !!
Call me if you have questions about towing and the rates we charge...I'd be glad to help you.
EDITORS NOTE: Thank you Roger for this I think it clarifies alot and I thank you for the correction on what Gary said.