AG Shapiro wants to give Philly towing company the hook for unfair practices

Justin Udo
February 17, 2020 - 1:34 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the city's largest tow truck companies is in hot water again for illegal practices that cost drivers thousands of dollars. Now Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he wants to shut the company down.

After a 2017 investigation, the attorney general's office discovered that George Smith Towing had illegally towed at least 200 vehicles from various locations throughout city.

"I want to revoke their towing license and have the court direct them to pay up," Shapiro said.

He says the company was ordered to pay civil penalties and restitution for consumers, and it agreed not to violate Pennsylvania's unfair trade practices laws — but it has done neither. He says George Smith was ordered to pay $6,000 to complainants back in 2017, though they have yet to dole out a dime; and the company is still illegally towing vehicles.

So, he says, he's taking them to court.

"Our goal is to make sure that everyone who's been wronged by George Smith Towing gets their money back, and that George Smith Towing is put out of business if they're not going to stop these predatory practices."

Shapiro advises drivers that, if they believe George Smith took advantage of them, they can reach out to his office to file a complaint.

"We do have a few hundred cases here, but we're fairly certain that there are more," Shapiro said.

KYW Newsradio reached out to George Smith for comment, but they refused to speak on the matter.