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Municipal Tow Rates

Rates Subject to change without notice

Definitions: Class A, Class B, Class C tows 

Citizen-paid municipal tow rates (City-requested tow, rate not paid by a municipal agency) 

Courtesy tows / Tows by the hour 

Citizen-paid abandoned auto tows 

Storage Rates 

Additional Required Fees

 

Definitions: Class A, Class B, Class C tows

  1. Class A: A tow, or service request, of a passenger vehicle or truck or van, up to ¾ ton size, unloaded, which requires a Class A tow truck. Includes dolly use, drive line pull, motorcycle carrying device, trailer ball hitch or other towing devices.

  2. Class B: A tow, or service request, of a vehicle exceeding 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) which requires a Class B tow truck

  3. Class C: A tow, or service request, of a vehicle exceeding 20,000 GVW that requires a Class C tow truck

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Citizen-paid municipal tow rates (Agency-requested tow, rate not paid by an agency)

 Class & Description

Rate

Class A
Towing of a passenger vehicle or truck or van, up to 3/4-ton size, unloaded. Includes dolly use, drive line pull, motorcycle carrying device, trailer ball hitch or other towing devices.
This fee includes the first 1/2 hour of standby and/or recovery

$115.00 plus evener

Class B
Vehicle to be towed exceeds 10,000 GVW and requires a "B" class tow truck
Plus $23.00/quarter hour, after 30 minutes on scene. Billable time: time elapsed between 10-97 (arrival on scene) and T-6 (departure from scene) as reported to Tow Desk.

$163.00 base

Class C
“Port to Port” at $310.00/hour and $77.00 per ¼ hour.  For example: 3 hours and 28 minutes is figured as 3 x $310.00 + 2 x $77.00. This fee includes recovery and driveline or axle removal and replacement.

$319.00/hour

Special Rotation Requests:

  • All rollbed tows will be assessed at the Class A rates
  • All requests for four-wheel drive tow trucks will be assessed at the Class A rates
  • Requests for service requiring a motorcycle trailer will be assessed at the Class A rates
  • Requests for Landoll trailer or tractor will be assessed at the Class C  

Standby or recovery time:  $18.00 per 1/4 hour or part thereof, after 30 minutes at the tow scene

Time begins 30 minutes after the tow truck arrives at the tow scene and ends when tow is fully hooked up. Beginning and ending times must be written on the receipt.

Out of District Mileage: On tow requests requiring travel outside the assigned tow district, or when the towed distance exceeds 8 miles, Tow Contractor may assess a fee for out of district/excessive mileage

  • Class A: $4.30 (per out of district towed mile)
  • Class B: $4.80 (per out of district towed mile) 

Assessment for extra person: $43.00/hour on scene; Class C $75/hr, per person

Assessment for extra truck (includes one extra man)

  • Class A: $55.00, first 1/2 hour (plus $18.00 per ¼ hour thereafter, on scene)
  • Class B:  $115.00 per hour on scene

Class C Special Equipment

 Special Equipment Type

Rate

Landoll trailer or tractor
"Port to Port" 

$150.00/hr

Crane/Rotator
"Port to Port" 

$600.00/hr

Class C Dollies
Flat rental rate only

$150.00/hr

Forklift
5,000 lbs cap: flat rental rate only
30,000 lbs cap: flat rental rate only


$250.00
$500.00

Other Special Equipment – All other special equipment that may be needed will be assessed at not more than 20% markup over the Tow Contractor’s cost to rent it.  Tow Contractor will provide the rental or sublet invoice upon request.

Gate Fee for providing services during hours other than regular business hours: $25.00

Time and date of any after-hours access must be noted on the tow receipt to verify assessment of a gate fee. Gate Fee may be assessed on official Agency holidays. The Gate Fee is not allowed on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve) between the hours of 1200 noon and 1800, except in years when these dates fall on Saturday or Sunday.

Drop Fee: unless otherwise instructed (by police or other official), once a Tow Contractor has arrived at the location of a requested penalty tow and has attached equipment for towing, the Tow Contractor may require payment of a Drop Fee plus Dispatch Fee before releasing the vehicle to the owner/owner’s agent or operator.

If the vehicle owner/owner’s agent returns to the vehicle after attachment of tow equipment, but before the tow truck is in motion, the tow driver will inform the vehicle owner/owner’s agent of their right to have the vehicle released upon payment of the Drop Fee, as follows:

  • Class A: $43.00 plus dispatch fee
  • Class B:  $61.00 plus dispatch fee

Release at the Scene (RAS): unless instructed otherwise by police or other official, when a Tow Contractor has arrived at a requested penalty tow and has completely attached equipment for towing and is in motion with the vehicle in tow, the Tow Contractor may assess the full tow fee, including the Dispatch fee and City Service fee before releasing the vehicle to the owner/owner’s agent or operator.

If the vehicle owner/owner’s agent returns to the vehicle when the tow truck is in motion, the tow driver will tell the vehicle owner/owner’s agent of their right to have the vehicle released upon payment of the tow fee. This fee for Release At the Scene (RAS) will equal the sum of the tow fee, plus the City Service Charge, plus the dispatch fee.

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Courtesy tows / Tows by the hour

Courtesy tows / tow by the hour is the tow of a legally parked vehicle, at no charge to the vehicle owner, for the purpose of clearing an area for special events, film or video projects, construction, or other Agency reasons

  • Class A: $38.00, first 1/4 hr, $18.00 for each additional 1/4 hr or part thereof

  • Class B: $158.00 base, plus $25.00/quarter hour or part thereof

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Citizen-paid abandoned auto tows

Class A: $104.13 includes 1st 1/2 hr of standby and/or recovery

Towing of a passenger vehicle or truck or van, up to 3/4-ton size, unloaded. Includes dolly use, drive line pull, motorcycle carrying device, trailer ball hitch or other towing devices.

Class B: $149.62 base, plus $23.00/quarter hour on scene

Vehicle towed exceeds 10,000 GVW and requires a "B" class tow truck.

Billable time is the time elapsed between 10-97 (arrival on scene) and T-6 (departure from scene).

Class C: “Port to Port” at $310.00/hour and $77.00 per ¼ hour

For example: 3 hours and 28 minutes is figured as 3 x $310.00 + 2 x $77.00. This fee includes recovery and driveline or axle removal and replacement.

Special Equipment Requests:

  • Tows requiring rollbed equipment will be assessed at the Class A rates

  • Tows requiring four-wheel drive equipment will be assessed at the Class A rates

  • Tows requiring a motorcycle trailer will be assessed at the Class A rates

Standby or recovery time: $17.00 extra charge per 1/4 hour or part thereof, after first 1/2 hour at the tow scene

Time begins when the tow truck arrives at the tow scene and ends when tow is fully hooked up. Beginning and the ending times must be written on the receipt.

Mileage for citizen-paid tows requiring greater than eight (8) towed miles of travel, per towed mile:

  • Class A: $4.00

  • Class B: $4.50

Assessment for extra person: $43.00/hour on scene

Assessment for extra truck (includes one extra man):

  • Class A: $55.00 for first ½ hr (plus $17.00 per ¼ hour thereafter)

  • Class B: $115.00 per hour on scene

Gate Fee: $25.00

  • Gate Fee assessed for providing services during hours other than regular business hours. Time and date of any after-hours access must be noted on the tow receipt to verify assessment of a gate fee.

  • Abandoned vehicle Tow Contractor may assess a Gate Fee may be assessed on official Agency holidays, except December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve) between the hours of 1200 noon and 1800.

Lien Filing Fee: applicable on the 8th day of storage

  • Vehicles valued up to $2,500.00 (with documentation): Up to $43.00
  • Vehicles valued more than $2,500.00 (with documentation): Up to $99.00

 

Storage Rates

If a towed vehicle is redeemed within the four (4) hours immediately after the completion of the tow, no storage fee will be assessed. The four-hour storage grace period will begin at the time the completion of the tow is reported. After the grace period has expired, storage is calculated from the time when the tow was reported as complete.

 

Tow Contractor will not charge for more than 60 days of storage of a vehicle towed. The area for which the storage fee is assessed is limited to the actual area that the vehicle and its load (if applicable) cover or project over. For the purpose of determining storage charges, twenty-four (24) hour periods will be used, beginning when the tow is reported complete. Time and date of release will be recorded on the tow invoices of all vehicles released.

Vehicles up to twenty (20) feet in length make up one (1) unit.

For all vehicles up to 20 feet in length for which storage is charged:

  • First 4 hours after the completion of the tow: no charge

  • Following 20 hours or any part thereof: $24.00 per day

  • Thereafter, for each additional 24 hours or any part thereof:  $24.00 per day

Vehicles occupying more than one storage unit:

  • Vehicles 21 feet to 40 feet long: $32.00 per day

  • Vehicles over 40 feet in length: $42.00 per day

Tow Contractor will document on the tow invoice the actual size of any vehicle for which more than one storage unit fee per day is assessed.

Storage Assessment for Police Hold vehicles

  • For the first 48 hours after the commencement of a temporary or formal hold period, the Tow Contractor will not assess the daily storage fee. The storage fee for the final 24 hours of a 72-hour temporary hold will be paid by the requesting Agency at the Agency storage rate.

  • Weekends and holidays are excluded from the computation of the first 48 hours of a police hold. For purposes of this section, weekend means 12:01 am Saturday to 12:01 a.m. Monday.

  • When a temporary or formal hold is lifted or expires, AB Tow Contractor may begin charging storage fees at 10:00 a.m. the following workday. 

Storage Exceptions:

  • If a towed vehicle is redeemed within the four hours following the tow, no storage fee will be assessed. The four-hour storage grace period begins at the time the completion of the tow is called in to Tow Desk. After the grace period has expired, storage is calculated from the time when the tow was called in to the Tow Desk as complete.

  • Storage on private preference tows may begin at the time the towed vehicle enters the storage lot.

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Additional Required Fees:

  • Dispatch fee (payable to Tow Desk on redeemed vehicles): $15.50

  • City of Portland service fee (payable to the City on redeemed vehicles): $20.00

  • Fuel Surcharge (when in effect): $4.00

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