MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Starting December 1st, visitors on Miami Beach should be on the lookout for a pricier pick-up if they park their cars in the wrong spot.

On Wednesday Miami Beach commissioners voted and issued new three-year contracts to Beach Towing and Tremont Towing, two companies that dominate Miami Beach’s towing industry, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. In return, both companies have agreed to new oversight measures.

Visitors whose cars are towed and released by the next day will pay an average of $241. Miami Beach residents won’t be affected by the increase though, being charged a towing fee of only $205.

The new contract was a close call by a vote of 4-3.

Both towing companies have agreed to start using GPS systems in their trucks by the end of next year so that public tows can be tracked. Employees will also have to undergo a drug test as well as wear uniforms.


CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed to this report.