Tow-truck firms sue over Seattle's cap on fees

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SEATTLE (AP) — Tow-truck operators aren’t happy about efforts by Seattle to cap fees.

In a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court, the Towing and Recovery Association of Washington argues the city cannot adopt regulations that are inconsistent with state law regulating towing and impound fees.

The City Council in September unanimously approved an ordinance to cap towing and impound fees.

State law requires tow companies to post their rates with the Department of Licensing, but the state has no power to disapprove them. The highest rate posted is $650 an hour.

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