Committee to review Knightdale towing policy

aspecht@newsobserver.comMay 2, 2013 

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    What: Public Safety Committee meeting

    When: 6 p.m. Monday, May 6

    Where: Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court

— A town committee on Monday will consider constricting the radius under which towing companies are required to have tow yards in order to respond to calls in Knightdale.

Currently, towing companies can operate in Knightdale if they have a towing yard within 15 miles of Knightdale’s limits. However, residents have complained to members of the Public Safety Committee about having to travel out of town to recover their vehicles, according to councilman Jeff Eddins.

“People on a couple of occasions have told me they don’t like having to retrieve their cars from Raleigh even though they live in Knightdale and broke down in Knightdale,” Eddins said.

Eddins, who chairs the committee, declined to identify the residents who complained. He said the committee will consider only allowing wrecker services that have tow yards within one mile of the town’s limits.

Earlier this year, Knightdale revised its policy on towing companies, which inflated the town’s wrecker rotation from about five businesses to about a dozen, said Jason Godwin, Knightdale police chief. None of them are based within Knightdale’s city limits, and many are located 5-to-10 miles outside of the city limits.

The only wrecker service capable of towing large vehicles is located seven miles outside Knightdale’s city limits, Godwin said. He pointed out that Knightdale needs to be able to respond to calls for larger vehicles such as the ones used by Wake Stone, the quarry located on Knightdale Boulevard.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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