Tow Leads to Sign Dispute

Jerry Subject claims his car was towed improperly from a city street by a private tow company. It happened on a recent weekend night in the busy Old Market area of Omaha.

Subject says, “They need to come up with a better marking on what is city and what private property is.”

Subject claims he parked on Jones street entirely in the street though under city no parking signs. That could get him a $16 ticket. Instead he was towed by a private tow company that cost subject $200. Bam's towing claims subject’s car was partially on an authorized private tow space. The city prosecutor is investigating if it was a legal tow.
Marty Conboy says, “It might very well be he was parked illegally and subject to a $16 ticket. But that does not give them the authority to tow of city property.”

An owner of Bam’s towing Brenda Duncan says, “We followed everything by the book. Where ever you park get out of your vehicle and look around to see your surroundings to see if you can park there or not.”

The dispute has revealed possible confusion with signs in front of the Kaneko building at 11th and Jones. A private tow company signs warn cars can be towed 24 hours a day. The signs stand in front of a city street. The director of Kaneko, Hal France says the signs are meant to prohibit parking on spaces beside the signs not on the street in front of them.

France says his non profit art organization will work the with city and tow company to make the difference between private a public parking spaces more clear.

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