Local business owners hope potential changes to Birmingham’s parking ordinances help predatory towing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Parking pains are growing in downtown Birmingham. The city has gotten hundreds of complaints over the years from residents, visitors, and local business owners about predatory towing. Now, city leaders told WBRC that they are working to upgrade the city’s towing ordinance.

“I probably drive people up to that tow lot four or five times a week,” Neville Baay, co-owner of El Barrio said.

It’s usually a full house at El Barrio on 2nd avenue N., but owner Neville Baay said customers usually struggle to park and he’s often getting complaints about towing.

“There is this overly aggressive approach to towing people,” he said. “Nine times out of ten, people’s response is ‘hey man, food was great, we really enjoyed coming here, but this sucks, and we’re not coming back’.”

By Lauren Jackson