London Man's Bristol Accidentally Crushed by Authorities

Crikey, Humbert! Golly, Gumpert! Fackin' feck, Q-bert! 51-year-old Mendoza Stewart purchased a '72 Bristol 411 a few years ago. In 2004, he parked it in a legal spot near his home in Kennington, only to find that it had been hauled off by the council and then removed from the flatbed with a mechanical claw,… » 4/11/07 7:45pm 4/11/07 7:45pm

Waylaid by Jackassery: New London Law Could Screw Innocent Motorists

In the great state of California, when one goes to pay one's registration, any past-due parking tickets must be taken care of before the state issues its citizes the little colored sticker for the plate. It's all organized by VIN and networked by computer. Apparently, things in the UK aren't quite as sophisticated,… » 2/26/07 7:45pm 2/26/07 7:45pm

Is There Any Other Way to Tow Your Daihatsu Boon?

Scotto just hipped us to this, and we have to say, although this isn't the first bike-based tow truck we've seen, the concept simply doesn't stop completely ruling. We totally want one. We also think you should listen to "Drownded" by the Wynona Riders. No, we're not trying to be Idolator. We're just still suffering… » 11/21/06 11:00pm 11/21/06 11:00pm

D'oh. Fake 'No Parking' Sign Punks Residents and Cops Alike

Pity the Bourgeois. No, really, pity him, for David Bourgeois' Mini Cooper was towed from his Brooklyn street after somebody put up a fake "No Parking" sign. Bourgeois got dinged $205 just to get his car back (Wow! NYC's even more of scam than San Francisco!) and then still has a $60 dollar parking ticket to deal… » 9/05/06 8:45pm 9/05/06 8:45pm

Nuts to You, Motorists! Tow Yards in Texas Not Refunding Money

This crap makes our blood boil. We've been wrongfully towed, but due to lack of funds and time, we never pursued the issue. We were once rightfully towed as well, due to confusion about street signage. And we've been towed twice due to our vehicle being stolen. And let us tell you this: regardless of circumstances,… » 7/13/06 7:00pm 7/13/06 7:00pm

Tigers to Tow Wilshire Parking Scofflaws

The mayor of our fair city of Los Angeles has earmarked a million bucks to test the Tiger Team. Tiger, which is a dorky acronym that stands for Totally Integrated Gridlock Enforcement Resources (we'd be worried if they were only Lightly Integrated) and consists of a fleet of tow trucks that descend on Wilshire Blvd… » 6/06/06 3:30pm 6/06/06 3:30pm

You Made a Tow Truck Out of a DeLorean?

Well, the way we see it, if you're gonna build a towing boom into a passenger car, why not do it in style? And that's exactly what this gentleman from the Pacific Northwest did, converting his Northern Irish gullwing white elephant into an honest-to-McFly tow truck, suitable for hauling around busted DMCs, or in one… » 3/19/06 7:22pm 3/19/06 7:22pm

The Ice of Boston: Beantown Tows Record Number of Cars During Storm

While we're sitting here on the Left Coast basking in warm, sunny days (a dramatic difference from the storms of a year ago which is a bigger problem than one might think because Angelenos have no clue how to drive in the rain), the kids back East got hit with some stormage, and the City of Boston, determined to keep… » 2/14/06 11:05am 2/14/06 11:05am

Angry Brit Tells Gov't to Stop Charging Theft Victims

Malcolm MacIntyre-Read, Much Wenlock, Shropshire s Neighbourhood Watch coordinator is fed up with the national mandated that motorists whose vehicles have been stolen have to pay recovery fees, and frankly, we're right with him here in the USA. It's one thing if you get towed due to your own negligence. It's quite… » 2/09/06 3:03pm 2/09/06 3:03pm

Angry Angelenos P.O'd At Being Towed for Hollywood Christmas Parade

Prior to moving to LA over the weekend, it stood as the city where we'd received the most parking/traffic tickets that we'd never lived in or near. And of course, our first night in our new place, we managed to get two parking tickets. Back in 1995, we and our erstwhile friend Jeff trekked down from the East Bay to… » 11/29/05 12:43pm 11/29/05 12:43pm