QLD Government to hear crack down on dodgy tow truck practices

Gold Coasters might be able to save some cash on towing fees as the State Government hears an investigation into dodgy practices in the industry.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles will present recommendations to cabinet today as part of a wider investigation into the tow truck industry.

His proposal will ask for a cap in towing fees at $250, make recommendations for new accreditation and licences for drivers and suggest an increase in penalties for those caught breaking the rules.


The recommendations come after media reports revealed dodgy operators were charging people up to $1,000 to recover their cars from impound lots.

Earlier this year, the government set up a tow truck hotline, to assist with the crackdown on tow truck sharks.

The hotline (1800 681 636) will continue to operate, and to date has received over 700 calls, more than 450 of those being registered complaints.