Dufferin Counties to develop a uniform towing bylaw

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Dufferin County municipalities have approved to draft a multilateral tow trucking bylaw.

Grand Valley council voiced its support at a recent council meeting. The Town of Orangeville will develop, administer and enforce it.

"It's a safety issue," said Orangeville Coun. Andy McIntosh, who previously served as the town's fire chief. "I've seen multiple cases where we could not get to an accident scene because there were tow trucks there.

"I've seen tow truck drivers fistfight on the side of the road as to who got there first. I personally, in a fire department vehicle, was run off the road by one."

Municipalities wishing to participate in Stage 1 of the by-law's development were asked to contribute $1,000.

"The townships and councils we are beside are very good to work with," said Grand Valley Mayor Steve Solomon. "We all have the same problems, and we all realize that. Like Orangeville and Shelburne may have it magnified a little because of the population."

According to the Dufferin Board of Trade, the valley is also projected to grow with new residential houses facilitated by a new water treatment plant. That will service new developments of 150 homes by Thomasfield Homes.

"It's not a problem in Grand Valley, but before it gets to be a problem, we like everyone to know the expectation of the rules."

From February to September, staff will spend time comprehensively researching, drafting a bylaw, co-ordinate with stakeholders and evaluate public input. The total cost of this stage in development is $10,900.

"Orangeville had a system with the Orangeville Police, where the next tow on the list would be called," said McIntosh. "That's seemed to work well. Now that we have OPP policing Orangeville, we need to expand it.

"We're telling Shelburne and places to come on-board with us, and we'll do it for you."

During the bylaw development, staff will determine the costs for implementing the licensing and enforcement program and the associated licensing fees. Dufferin county municipalities can then decide whether they want to opt into the program developed by the Town of Orangeville on a cost-recovery basis.

Once the number of Stage 1 participants who would like to opt into Stage 2 has been determined, the administration will assess and recommend (as part of Stage 2) the best approach for delivering and co-ordinating a uniform program, such as local service agreements delegated authority.

Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner