Wrecker Fees Notice

Sec. 6-15-1. - Wrecker services for police-initiated tows.

For purposes of this chapter, "wrecker service" means any legal entity, corporation, partnership, or individual person, either as principal, agent, or employee, in the business of removing, towing, and/or storing wrecked, disabled, or abandoned automobiles or other vehicles by the use of a wrecker or other towing device. For purposes of this chapter, "police-initiated tows" shall mean all situations in which a vehicle is abandoned or illegally parked, where motorists are unconscious, trapped or unable to make a call for wrecker services, or in which the stranded vehicle is in the roadway. On and after April 1, 2005, all wrecker services for police-initiated tows shall be furnished only by providers who have contracted with Athens-Clarke County in accordance with this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any provider to provide wrecker service for a police-initiated tow except in accordance with this chapter. There are hereby established two categories of wrecker services for contracts with Athens-Clarke County to provide wrecker services for police-initiated tows to be awarded and administered in accordance with this chapter. The wrecker service categories are defined as follows:

(a) Standard duty wrecker service A standard duty wrecker service shall operate one or more "standard duty wreckers" which shall be defined as wreckers having at least 10,000 pounds minimum gross weight rating equipped with an 8,000-pound P.T.O. mechanically driven power winch, crane and boom having dual wheels or an equivalent vehicle having the same minimum capabilities. A standard duty wrecker service shall be capable of towing automobiles, light trucks and similar-sized vehicles. A rollback may be used to satisfy the requirements of this section.

(b) Heavy duty wrecker service A heavy duty wrecker service shall operate one or more "heavy duty wreckers" which shall be defined as wreckers having at least 25,000 pounds minimum gross weight rating equipped with a 16-ton or larger P.T.O. mechanically driven power winch, crane and boom having dual wheels or an equivalent vehicle having the same minimum capabilities. A heavy duty wrecker service shall be capable of moving all types of vehicles, including large trucks, buses and loaded and unloaded tractor trailers.

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WRECKER CONTRACT FEES

(Fees are listed in the contract which is held by the Athens-Clarke County Police Departments Permit Unit)

ARTICLE 6: FEES

6.0  Contractor shall charge only the following fees to the owner of the vehicle for towing such vehicle to the place of impoundment of Contractor pursuant to this Agreement and for storing any such vehicle at such impoundment area:

STANDARD DUTY

A.    The fees set forth below shall be all inclusive:

        (1)  Towing fee for standard duty wrecker service                            $115.00

        (2)  Daily storage fee (no fee for first 24-hours)                                $20.00        

        (3)  Fee for releasing vehicle after normal business hours                $25.00

       B.  Any over charge shall be a default and may result in contract termination.

HEAVY DUTY

        A.    The fees set forth below shall be all inclusive:

                (1)  Towing fee per tow per hour for 16 ton                               $300.00
                (includes supplies)              

                (2)  Towing fee per tow per hour for 30-ton wrecker                 $375.00
                (includes supplies)

                (3)  Daily storage fee per 24 hours                               No fee for first 24 hours

                            $40.00 for single truck
                            $60.00 for 18-wheeler truck
 
                (4)  After hours reopen fee                                                    $50.00

                (5) Extra laborers for specific tow (not employees of Contractor) $45.00 per hour

        B.  Any over charge shall be a default and may result in contract termination.