City of Hampton, Virginia
Ordinance - Coded
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Enactment Number: 08-0006-
ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND REENACT CHAPTER 21, ARTICLE VIII, ENTITLED, POLICE
REQUESTED TOWING BY AMENDING SECTION 21-215, AND BY ADDING THERETO NEW
SECTIONS 21-216 AND 21-217.
Sec. 21-215. Administration
of tow list.
(a) The city
manager or his designee shall maintain a list of tow operators who shall be
called in sequence to provide services at the scene of accidents or traffic
hazards or other such incidents. The list shall be utilized only in those cases
where the owner or operator of a distressed motor vehicle does not, for any
reason, provide the police officer in charge with the name of a tow operator
available to perform the required services in a timely manner.
(b) The list
of tow operators shall be maintained and administered by the city manager or
his designee. The city manager or his designee may prescribe conditions for tow
operators who apply to be included in the tow list, and he may also establish
rules and regulations, which must be obeyed by tow operators who are listed. In
promulgating such, rules and regulations, the city manager or his designee may
address the following matters including but not limited to:
(1) Compliance with minimum safety standards.
(2) Ownership or possession of all equipment and
facilities deemed necessary by the chief of police to provide essential
(3) Adherence to the fee schedule adopted by the city
council as set forth below:
a. No hook up and initial towing fee
shall exceed One Hundred Twenty Five Dollars ($125.00).
b. For towing a vehicle between 7:00 p.m.
and 8:00 a.m. or on any Saturday, Sunday or holiday, an additional fee of ten
dollars ($10.00) may be charged.
c. If a call requires more than one (1)
tow vehicle, the fee per tow vehicle shall not exceed the single tow vehicle
fees set out herein.
d. No other
additional services may be charged other than those listed below with the
maximum amount which may be charged:
per 1/2 hour following the first hour after arrival.
per day after 1st 24 hrs
Title Processing Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 46.2-1202, et seq.
Fee (Documentation Required)
Duty Tow Fee (gross weight exceeds
(4) Maintaining of a business office accessible to
patrons during reasonable business hours.
(5) Access to the tow lot or vehicle storage area.
(6) Keeping accurate and complete records of all
transactions governed by this section.
(7) Maintaining proper custody of towed vehicles and
(8) Insurance requirements, operator license and
business license requirements.
Sec. 21-216. Posting of
allowable fees and services.
engaged in police requested towing shall prominently display at their main
place of business and any place where they may store vehicles as a result of a
police requested tow a comprehensive list of the allowed fees for towing,
recovery and storage services pursuant to Section 21-215.
Sec. 21-217. Violations.
violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3,
misdemeanor and a Class 2, misdemeanor for subsequent convictions.
the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held
Signed by ____________________________ Date
Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor
Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________
Katherine K. Glass
Clerk of the Council