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Tow-truck ‘spotters’ would be banned under Ohio House bill


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COLUMBUS, Ohio--A Northeast Ohio lawmaker is looking to make it illegal for towing companies to hire “spotters” to report illegally parked vehicles.

Under House Bill 113, introduced Thursday by state Rep. Tom Patton, towing officials caught using spotters could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Patton, a Strongsville Republican, said he introduced the bill after WEWS-TV in Cleveland did a report last year on the use of spotters.

“To actually employ people whose sole job is to call it in…it didn’t pass the smell test for me,” Patton said.

Patton said he wasn’t sure how widespread the use of towing spotters is in Ohio.

“It’s something we’ll find out - is this truly a problem?” he said. “Obviously, the folks at Channel 5 thought it was a problem.”

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