Byline: Guy Taylor, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Three dozen D.C. tow-truck drivers who met privately at a Northeast hotel yesterday complained that newly proposed regulations would put too many restrictions on them and drive them out of business.
The drivers are hoping for major changes to the regulations announced by Mayor Anthony A. Williams before they are sent next month for final passage by the D.C. Council.
"The way they have these regulations set up now, we're all going to be going out of business when they take effect," said Terrence Ross, owner R&R Towing and Recovery.
The drivers, representing 22 of the city's more than 100 towing companies, each paid $20 to rent a banquet room at the Ramada Inn on New York Avenue NE, where they held their three-hour meeting. The group plans to meet again next week to discuss a hard-copy version of changes they want made.
"We've got to get organized and get down on paper what we want changed because we've got more power right now than we're ever gonna have," said Mr. Ross, who was made president of the unofficial group after an impromptu vote yesterday.
Many of the drivers at yesterday's meeting said they feel slighted by the mayor's regulations because they weren't included in city-run meetings during the formation of the regulations. "The city never wanted to hear our side of the story," said Beverly Ingraham of ANA Towing.
City officials say a letter was sent inviting all licensed towing companies in the District to a meeting in May to discuss a new system that will track towed vehicles.
"About 25 people showed up, and at that time we were still looking for comments on the new towing system, and that's why we asked them to come and meet with us," said an official in the fraud bureau of the D.C. Department of Insurance and Securities Regulation.
Miss Ingraham said the new regulations would put too much responsibility on tow-truck drivers - who often work at the request of D. …