About Nick Porto

Nick Porto is the co-founder of TowLawyer. TowLawyer is the one-stop shop where you’ll find legal resources and answers to your towing and recovery legal questions and concerns.

Should a Tow Company Split Up the Bill?

The towing and recovery of a tractor-trailer is a complicated situation. It involves expensive equipment and quite often results in a bill of several thousand dollars. Collecting on these types of bills is also complicated and may impact multiple insurance carriers with different types of polices. Sometimes certain policies have coverage whereas others do not.

By |2019-08-16T08:50:48-05:00August 16th, 2019|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Can a Tow Company Purchase a Municipal Towing Contract from Another Company?

Many tow companies have municipal towing contracts which can be valuable assets.  Depending on the value of the contract, tow companies that possess these contracts are often solicited by other companies who wish to purchase the tow company and its contracts.  In recent years, this has been a particularly common strategy here in Kansas City where municipal tow contracts have become extremely competitive and have been awarded to companies of all shapes and sizes. 

By |2019-08-09T09:39:33-05:00August 9th, 2019|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Workplace Laws and Tow Companies

The tow industry is unique in that much of the “work” (i.e. the towing) is performed in locations far from a tow company’s physical location. This quirk can cause confusion as to which workplace laws apply to tow companies. The most common workplace laws are those promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

By |2019-05-20T06:58:27-05:00May 20th, 2019|Safety & Safety Regulations|0 Comments

Another Day, Another Proposal Regarding Caps on Towing Fees

In a continued push back against excessive towing charges, there is legislation working its way through the Vermont legislature that puts dramatic caps on “involuntary tows.” The so-called Vermont “Towing Bill of Rights” puts a $40.00 maximum charge on involuntary tows and caps the daily storage rate at $12.00. The impetus behind the legislation is that over “200 people…a year end up losing their cars” due to Vermont Tow companies declaring towed cars abandoned and obtaining titles to the same.

By |2019-03-31T17:35:13-05:00March 31st, 2019|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Missouri Lawmakers Introduce More Legislation to Combat Excessive Tow Bills

In response to “increased” allegations of overcharging, two (2) separate pieces of legislation have been introduced by Missouri lawmakers to give consumers additional protections against excessive tow bills. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) testified in support of both laws and stated that “there is (presently) no recourse or regulation whatsoever when it comes to nonconsensual towing of commercial motor vehicles in Missouri.”

By |2019-03-01T13:44:53-05:00March 1st, 2019|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Fighting Credit Card Chargebacks

Fifteen or so years ago, when I first started representing tow companies, it was commonplace in my town for tow companies to require cash for payment.  No credit cards were accepted.  Tow companies didn’t want to accept credit cards for fear that angry consumers would dispute the charge after picking up their vehicle.  Thereafter, the City of Kansas City, Missouri outlawed the “cash only” policy.  Instead, tow companies were required to accept credit cards if they wanted to perform municipal tows.  Most every tow company in the area objected to the credit card ordinance.  A few threatened lawsuits.  Despite it all, the ordinance has remained.

By |2019-02-22T09:03:39-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Read the Fine Print of your Service Agreements

I bet at the very end of most every agreement your tow company signs, there is a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that you don’t feel like reading. This is understandable. Truth be told, when I am hired to read contracts, I don’t particularly enjoy reading the fine print either. But you should.

By |2019-01-18T14:01:35-05:00January 18th, 2019|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Insurance Companies Continue to Fight Back Against “Excessive” Tow Bills

Happy New Year from TowLawyer. As we head into 2019, it is clear: it is becoming more difficult to collect big ticket tow bills. This website was founded, in part, to help tow companies deal with collection issues. We thank you for the opportunity to be of service and look forward to working with you in 2019.

By |2019-01-03T15:36:05-05:00January 3rd, 2019|Billing & Collections|0 Comments

Is a Non-Compete Agreement Worth the Paper It Is Written On?

When it comes to the tow business, the answer is…it depends. I would say as a general rule, courts disfavor “restrictive covenants” in the workplace. A restrictive covenant is, by definition, something that restricts another from doing something. A covenant not to compete is one example of a restrictive covenant. Typically, they are introduced at the inception of one’s employment and, as a condition of accepting employment, the prospective employee agrees to a number of post-employment conditions, such as non-competing with the company, not soliciting the company’s customers, and otherwise not using the customer’s confidential information.

By |2018-11-15T20:17:47-05:00November 15th, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments

Minority and Woman Owned Businesses May Have an Advantage When Bidding for Municipal Tow Contracts

Cities throughout the United States receive incentives for doing business with a minority-owned or woman-owned business. This includes minority-owned or woman-owned tow businesses. The law defines these types of businesses as socially and/or economically disadvantaged. So what does this mean for a tow business?

By |2018-11-02T09:44:43-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Other Legal Issues|0 Comments