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Victims of Stolen and then Towed Cars to Pay Lower Fees to Recover Vehicles

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beginning December 1, 2015, victims of stolen cars that are recovered in San Francisco will be paying lower fees. This new policy will waive all fees for San Francisco residents, and allow for a 48-hour grace period before the contractor’s storage fees begin to accrue. Non-residents of San Francisco whose vehicles are recovered in the city will have the Administrative Tow Fee reduced by 50 percent, and will have a 24-hour grace period before the contractor’s storage fees begin to accrue. A police report must be filed with and verified by the San Francisco Police Department prior to recovery of the stolen vehicle in order to qualify for the waiver.

Below is a summary of the vehicle owner’s responsibilities under the old and new policies:

Type of Fee*

Old Policy

NEW POLICY

December 1, 2015

SF Residents

Non-SF Residents

SF Residents

Non-SF Residents

SFMTA Administrative Tow Fee ($266.00)

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No waiver

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50% waived

SFMTA Administrative Storage Fee ($3.00)

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No waiver

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Contractor’s Tow Fee ($225.75)

No Waiver

No Waiver

  •  
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Contractor’s Storage Fee ($68.25)

4-hour grace period before storage fees begin to accrue

4-hour grace period before storage fees begin to accrue

48-hour grace period before storage fees begin to accrue

24-hour grace period before storage fees begin to accrue

*Towing fees are set to recover the actual costs of the program.

For more information, please visit: https://www.sfmta.com/services/permits-citations/booting-towing.

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