Finding solutions to abandoned vehicle backlog

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –We showed how it’s nearly impossible for towing companies to get rid of abandoned vehicles, now state lawmakers are being asked to examine the law.

We’ve learned that state legislators are looking at bills that would change some of the towing regulations.

The Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio wants to include a way to get rid of abandoned vehicles in those bills.

We told you in September how a change in the way state law is interpreted is what led to towing companies being unable to unload the vehicles as they did in the past, so now they have little choice but to store them which takes up space and costs money.

Sandy’s Towing has nearly 2,000 vehicles in storage.

We asked a lobbyist with the towing association why it’s been so difficult to get the rules changed.

“We looked at possible legislative remedies in the past,” says Lobbyist Robert Lambert. “There’s been opponents to the thought process who I don’t think understand the concept to get rid of these cars.  Right now, there are a couple measures before the Ohio General Assembly.”

Lambert says it could be months before the law is changed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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