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The Port of San Diego has announced it will begin charging a $129 fee for cars towed, stored, or impounded due to negligent driving. The new fee, approved by the Board of Port Commissioners on March 6, will take effect on April 6.

The impound cost is more than double the $58 charged by the City of San Diego, whose release fees are the lowest in the state. Monies generated will be used “to recover the public safety administrative costs associated with impounding, towing and storing of vehicles from the registered owner of the vehicle,” according to the Port.

Those hit with an impound fee who wish to appeal can pay an additional $55, which is waived if the appeal is successful. If not, both fines must be paid.

These costs are in addition to any imposed by a contracted third party for towing and storage, which can frequently equal or exceed any municipal fines related to a vehicle impoundment.

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Comments

Badhand March 8, 2012 @ 10:34 a.m.

Sounds like they want to expand their business. I wonder when the towing criteria will change from negligent driving to anything the annoying port cop deems as upsetting to his inner core.

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Visduh March 8, 2012 @ 11:23 a.m.

A perfectly legal way to pick your pocket. The cost is totally disproportionate to the offense, especially when the offense may be only a technical matter. The port district always seemed to be fairly flush, and can do just about anything it needs to do, or wants to do. Why the "need" to recover those costs? I'd guess it has more to do with some connection with the towing company.

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SurfPuppy619 March 8, 2012 @ 2:03 p.m.

Those hit with an impound fee who wish to appeal can pay an additional $55, which is waived if the appeal is successful. If not, both fines must be paid. == Just another scam to line the pockets of $200K per year port authority cops, who are the highest paid in the region.

They cannot require a $55 appeal fee if you're broke, it must be waived.

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Visduh March 8, 2012 @ 5:07 p.m.

If you want to experience a real parking Gestapo, head to a UC campus. They charge a king's ransom to park in a lot that may be a mile from your destination, and if you make any tiny mistake, the enforcers are on it in a New York minute, and the fines are proportional to the cost of the parking permit.

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Twister March 8, 2012 @ 6:04 p.m.

Control freakery is oughta control.

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