In response to concerns about accident chasers operating outside the City of Hamilton bylaw, police have launched what they call “Project Hook”.
Officially launched on Monday, June 8, Hook has two main focuses: To provide public awareness with respect to knowing your rights when you have your vehicle towed, and to conduct enforcement on violators in order to protect legitimate tow companies.
“A common violation includes tow truck operators soliciting business while being within 200 meters of the collision scene or a Collision Reporting Centre,” said police.
According to police, the project confirms that there continues to be an influx of GTA tow companies operating in Hamilton, and several charges have been laid.
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“That being said, Hamilton Police recognize the majority of tow truck operators continue to work within the guidelines.”
In the event you’re involved in a collision or your vehicle requires a tow, police offer the following tips:
- Do not give up your vehicle to just anyone
- You have the right to refuse the first tow truck that may arrive at the collision scene
- Select rotational tow companies have been approved by the Hamilton Police Service and must abide by a pre-approved fee schedule
- You can arrange your own tow, speak to your Insurance Company for direction
- Understand the towing and storage fees prior to your vehicle being towed
- You are entitled to a receipt for the tow service provided
Police say the project is ongoing as they continue to address these concerns.