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News 5 Chief Investigator addresses Ohio lawmakers considering new towing legislation

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Posted: 4:04 PM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-02 22:53:50Z
Ron Regan and Ohio's Transportation Board Chairman

COLUMBUS — Ohio Lawmakers considering new towing legislation Tuesday viewed an exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation that uncovered questionable tactics used by some Ohio tow companies.

Ohio House Bill-113 would outlaw the use of what’s called “spotters”—individuals relied on by tow companies to secretly hide near parking areas and call in tows within seconds of exiting a vehicle.

5 On Your Side Chief Investigator Ron Regan was invited to speak before the House Committee on Transportation and Public Safety that is currently considering the legislation.

News 5 Investigator Ron Regan testifies before Ohio lawmakers considering new towing legislation

“Our mission is to respond to viewers concerns, investigate on their behalf and create opportunity for positive change in communities across Northeast Ohio,” Regan said as part of his testimony.

The legislation was introduced by Ohio Representative Tom Patton, who told the committee the “prohibition against compensating or employing spotters works to prevent any person or group of people from financially benefitting from excessive towing.”

Patton also stressed the proposed legislation would “protect citizens from excessive towing and prevent towing companies from financially benefitting from the use of spotters."

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