SAN ANTONIO – A towing company is taking the city of San Antonio to court.
Bexar Towing sued the city to get the towing fee ordinance thrown out.
Thursday marked the first day of testimony in a hearing to determine if that ordinance can be enforced.
Court began with a lawyer for the city showing video of a News 4 WOAI Troubleshooter investigation from last spring.
That report prompted state investigators and San Antonio Police to start cracking down on towing companies that were charging up to $300 for non-consent tows.
A city ordinance puts a cop on those fees at $85 but until recently, had not been enforced.
There’s a temporary restraining order on that ordinance until the hearing is complete.
Police Chief William McManus testified about a study SAPD tried to conduct earlier this year to figure out a reasonable fee towing companies could charge. He takes the stand again Friday morning.
The judge will decide either Friday afternoon or Monday if the city ordinance capping towing fees is enforceable.