Beaufort News

New tow truck rules approved for unincorporated Beaufort County

The Beaufort County Council approved new tow-truck regulations, including a cap on some fees, on final reading Monday.

Stricter control of towing companies was proposed after a Christmas Eve shooting near Bluffton in which a tow-truck driver is accused of killing a man who argued to have an immobilizing wheel boot removed from his minivan.

Those wheel boots will be illegal under the new rules, which only affect unincorporated Beaufort County. The ordinance will also cap fees for cars towed from private property without their owners' consent, and will implement a $75 maximum fee if the owner returns before the vehicle is attached to the tow truck.

It will also require property associations' security personnel to remain with wrecker drivers while vehicles are towed.