Provo Towing Company Issues “Bill of Rights”

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It’s no secret that towing in Provo has become a huge issue, specifically with companies like University Parking Enforcement (UPE). In a recent attempt to deal with all the bad media, the CEO of UPE met with Provo Mayor John Curtis and Deputy Mayor Norman to present what they call the customers “Bill of Rights.”  What exactly does this new piece of paper do to make your life better? From the official UPE blog:

Progress is being made to positively influence the towing industry resulting in a better experience for patrons.  UPE is dedicated to this process and is instituting a customer “Bill of Rights” to inform customers of their legal rights concerning non-consent towing laws.

University Parking Enforcement Bill of Rights

This piece of paper will help change Situation 1 into Situation 2:

SITUATION 1: You parked your car in a deserted Provo parking lot for 30 minutes on a Sunday evening only for you to come back and find you were a victim of predatory parking. Your car is gone and after making the trip over to the impound lot, you get screwed by finding out you have to pay an outrageous fee for not reading a sign that was strategically hidden in the parking lot.

SITUATION 2: You parked your car in a deserted Provo parking lot for 30 minutes on a Sunday evening only for you to come back and find you were a victim of predatory parking. Your car is gone and after making the trip over to the impound lot, you get screwed by finding out you have to pay an outrageous fee for not reading a sign that was strategically hidden in the parking lot. However, it’s OK because the friendly staff will then hand you a piece of paper stating they have the legal right to screw you.

This new “Bill of Rights” will in no way make your life in Provo any better and was a desperate PR move by UPE. I hope the Mayor doesn’t accept this as a win over predatory parking. The battle to fix this problem is far from over and we need more work to be done to fix it.

Mike Romero
Mike is a self employed Dad who for some reason can't leave Utah County. When he's not writing about life he's out living it. He enjoys wakeboarding and long walks with the wife.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jezzarisky Jeremy Rieske

    So it’s basically the same thing as before, but now in big friendly letters it’ll tell you you need to drop two hundred dollars before the person at the counter does.

  • Jared Whittle

    Mayor Curtis sure looks like he scored a win, while the UPE guy’s look on his face says, “That’s right… You have the RIGHT to continue to be screwed by my company, and Provo is behind me 100%. Check mate.”

  • Jesse

    Conviently omitted: [140-12]: In addition to any other penalty, a civil action for
    damages or to abate a violation of this Chapter may be brought by any
    aggrieved person.

    (a) A person who authorizes, tows, or immobilizes a vehicle from private
    property in violation of the provisions of this section is liable in a
    civil action for a penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) as
    the court may determine. A civil action under this subsection may not be
    commenced later than one hundred eighty (180)days after occurrence of
    the violation.

    Not that Provo city chose to enforce this when I took UPE to court…

  • Jesse

    The Orem Police Officer I talked to had never even seen the portion of the law that makes illegally booting a car a misdemeanor, even though it’s part of the TRAFFIC CODE. He claimed it was a civil matter.

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