The San Marcos city council approved new wrecker service fees and tightened up on what fees may be charged by wrecker companies at its meeting this week.
The fee schedule sets maximum rates that local wrecker companies may charge for police-authorized tows, non-consent tows, waiting time, winching fees, clean up, show up fees and drop fees.
The fee increases include:
Additional collision fees:
The San Marcos police department conducted a towing fee study comparing local fees to those charged in Austin, San Antonio, Lockhart, New Braunfels, Luling and Seguin. In most categories, the San Marcos fees were lower than other cities.
The new fees will take effect immediately upon publication in the local newspaper on Sept. 9. The city council will consider ordinance amendments that address towing practices at a future meeting.