Laws to reform Queensland's tow truck industry have been introduced to the state's parliament.
Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles introduced the bill to the house to amend several pieces of legislation to cap fees and crack down on predatory behaviour by unscrupulous operators
"We all have a responsibility to park legally but what this does is make sure motorists will no longer be tricked, intimidated and ripped-off when their vehicle gets towed," Dr Miles said.
It follows an inquiry into the industry earlier this year, sparked by media reports of operators tricking people into having their car towed, and then charging drivers up to $1000 to recover their cars from impound lots.
Under the proposed changes, towing fees will be capped at $150 if the vehicle is released onsite and at $250 for cars towed from private carparks.
There will be no extra charges for three days, after which additional charges will be capped at $25 a day.
The bill will now be considered by the public works and utilities committee.