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Ohio House overwhelmingly votes to ban 'spotters' hired by towing companies

State Rep. Tom Patton credits News5 report
Posted: 5:23 PM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-22 17:24:57-04

CLEVELAND — Ohio lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban the use of "spotters" employed by tow companies following an exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation .

House Bill #113 was sponsored by Representative Tom Patton who credited our report that revealed how a local tow company had relied on a "spotter" hiding in an unmarked vehicle to call in a tow trucks moments after vehicles parked illegally.

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A parking lot near the West Side Market where News 5 exposed "spotters" working for tow companies.

5 On Your Side Chief Investigator Ron Regan testified about his four month investigation into towing spotters operating near Cleveland's West Side Market.

The use of spotters is already outlawed in other states including Maryland.

Ron testifies about towing legislation

The legislation is not opposed by either of Ohio's two largest towing associations and will now move on to the Ohio Senate for a vote.

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