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Towing companies looking to increase rates

With the high price of gas, Wilmington towing companies are looking for some extra compensation. Tow truck drivers say they are struggling with the cost of fuel, labor and insurance. Since 2001, the Port City has had a standard towing rate of $100 dollars per pick-up. To keep up with the times, towing companies are proposing an increase, ranging from $140 to $180 dollars. Atlantic Towing owner Will Hewett said, "To get an increase is just going to level us out. We are going to get a little bit of our profit back. We aren't going to make extra money. The cost of living is going up, so we are just trying to stay even and be able to pay our bills." The increased rates would cover every time a tow truck moved an illegally parked car, or responded to a wreck in the city of Wilmington. The idea is still in its early stages. WWAY will let you know if the proposal goes any further.

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