9 p.m., Feb. 22
Port District Approves Impound Fees
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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