Feb 11, 2024 - News

🚙 Report explores city's "Wild West" of towing

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Photo: Courtesy of WBTV

Enforcement of regulations to prevent exploitative towing in Charlotte is uneven — and some local tow truck drivers are engaging in predatory practices, according to an investigation by our news partners at WBTV.

  • Charges related to car chases, assault, kidnapping, drug trafficking and interstate theft have been lodged against some of these tow truck drivers, per WBTV.
  • WBTV's David Hodges reports that the industry is "flooded with felons and fraudsters" who operate like they're untouchable.
  • Towing laws and regulations in North Carolina are not enforced by any single state agency or local police department. Violations of statutes and local ordinances rarely lead to citations or arrests, WBTV has reported.

Zoom out: WBTV, which has covered predatory towing for years, has raised questions about whether the industry is sufficiently regulated.

Zoom in: WBTV highlighted the story of Rdele Olive, a Charlotte truck driver who says he has experienced predatory towing firsthand.

  • "I've been all over the United States," Olive told WBTV. "Nothing's ever happened to me like this."

Go deeper into WBTV's investigation into "The Wild West of Charlotte Towing"

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