Leeds: Residents will be reimbursed for towing expenses

Leeds: Residents will be reimbursed for towing expenses

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Dozens of cars had to be abandoned along Highway 78. Source: WBRC video Dozens of cars had to be abandoned along Highway 78. Source: WBRC video
LEEDS, AL (WBRC) -

After stirring controversy by telling residents they would have to pay towing expenses for their abandoned vehicles, Leeds Mayor David Miller says he will work to remiburse those costs.

A press release states that Miller will seek approval from the city to either cover or reimburse towing costs:

"Any owner whose car was towed as a result of city direction may pick up their vehicle at Ryan's Automotive or Murray's Garage in downtown Leeds without cost. Any persons who have already paid the towing fee and picked up their vehicle will  be reimbursed."

Many residents had to abandon their vehicles on the sides of local roads during the worst of this week's winter storm. They expressed their frustration to FOX6 upon finding their vehicles had  been towed and they would have to pay the costs themselves.

Governor Robert Bentley has said that he is discouraging municipalities from moving vehicles themselves, saying there are several National Guard wreckers on the road that can do just that.

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