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Monday, March 28, 2011

Towed and Screwed

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Who the hell is responsible for the system in place if your car gets towed in Halifax? Sure I made a mistake (my bad) and got confused reading all five signs on the post before parking (do I read them down up or up down?) and came back to find my car gone. Since there was no car to put any card or message on I went to the gas station nearby and was told who would have towed it. Called their office and asked if my car was there—yes it was but you better get here soon as we close in 45 minutes. Since they are located out of town (that's just mean) I asked if any buses go there, NO THEY DO NOT! Raced out there with cash (around $155 with tax) only to find out that you have to go to the main police station FIRST to get your car released. Would have been nice if I had been told that when I called. So back to the police station (tow company was friendly otherwise and made sure to tell me to take my insurance and registration out of the car as it would be needed to get the car released). Spent 30 minutes at the police station while they did the paperwork and then back to tow lot to pay and get my car released. If I had been a tourist or not been able to find friends to drive me back and forth I would have been stranded and/or had to rack up taxi costs equal or greater to the towing costs. It's a horrible system that seems to only benefit the towers and the taxi drivers (although the city did have a $25 ticket on the car when I finally got it out). Is there no way to make the system streamlined and not make it a horrendous ordeal? Word to the wise if your car is towed call the police to check it out and hope to God you have friends with a car who can drop everything and help you out! Hopefully no tourist has to deal with this or they will go postal! —Salty Fry

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