Tow service providers are not crooked and unethical by nature. As a matter of fact, I'd say that 95% of towing companies are honest and fair companies run by honest businessmen. But for that 5% of towers that is not ethical, then there must be some protections provided by municipalities, or government. Ain't that how it always goes? 5% ruin it for the rest.
These are stories of communities that have responded to calls from citizens for protection. Allow me to say that anytime a government agency contracts with a service provider in a situation where the consumer is paying the bill, there should be an obligation to protect against abuse. Where there is no regulation or control, the abuse goes unpunished and the consumer remains the victim.