ARLINGTON, Va.—Yesterday, the city of Wilmington, Delaware, announced that it had signed a one-year agreement with City Towing Services (CTS). The city noted that the new agreement was revised to “provide greater accommodation to individuals seeking to retrieve their towed vehicles and personal items contained in their vehicles, as well as modifying the requirements of CTS to account for towed vehicles and fees charged to vehicle owners.” The Institute for Justice (IJ), which is representing several Wilmington residents in a lawsuit challenging towing abuses, commented on the announcement.
“I’m glad to see that the city is responding to our suit by promising to make these badly needed changes,” said IJ Attorney Will Aronin. “But this doesn’t address the root of the problem. The only way for the towing company to make money is to keep people’s cars and the city is still letting that happen.”
In November 2022, a federal court ruled against the city’s attempt to dismiss the case.