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HB24-1051

Towing Carrier Regulation

Concerning the regulation of businesses that obtain a permit from the public utilities commission to tow motor vehicles.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subjects:
Business & Economic Development
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill requires a driver of tow trucks to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history record check (check). If the check produces a criminal history that the public utilities commission (commission) determines is inappropriate to drive a tow truck, the driver will not be permitted to drive the tow

truck.

Current law authorizes the commission to deny or refuse to renew a towing carrier permit if:

  • The towing carrier was convicted within the last 5 years of a felony or a towing-related offense or has failed to satisfy a civil penalty imposed by the commission; or
  • The commission determines that it is not in the public interest for the towing carrier to hold a towing carrier permit.

The bill:

  • Authorizes the commission to suspend or revoke a permit for each of these specified violations;
  • Authorizes the commission to suspend or revoke a permit if it is not in the public interest for the towing carrier to hold a towing permit; and
  • Sets a rebuttable presumption that it is not in the public interest for a towing carrier to hold a permit if the towing carrier has violated the towing laws.

The bill prohibits a member of the towing task force in the department of regulatory agencies, which advises the commission on towing matters, from voting on a matter that will financially benefit the member or if the member is the subject of a complaint about which the task force is advising the commission.

Current law requires the commission to report certain towing issues and financial information to certain committees of the Senate and House of Representatives of the general assembly. The bill requires the commission to promulgate a rule to require towing carriers to provide:

  • Any information needed to prepare the report;
  • Audited financial statements; and
  • Any other information required by the commission. The bill directs the commission to aggregate and anonymize the financial statements and make the aggregated and anonymized data publicly available.A towing carrier is forbidden from patrolling or monitoring property to enforce parking restrictions on behalf of the property owner.Currently, the owner of a motor vehicle pays to retrieve the motor vehicle when the vehicle has been nonconsensually towed from another person's property. The bill requires certain property owners to pay for the removal of the vehicle from their property and for any storage for the first 30 days. The towing carrier is required to notify the vehicle owner that the vehicle owner can retrieve the vehicle free of charge for the first 30 days.If a motor vehicle is nonconsensually towed in violation of the rights granted in state statute, the towing carrier must, within 48 hours after the determination of a statutory violation, return the vehicle to the place it was towed from.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. A. Boesenecker, Rep. T. Mauro
Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. K. Priola

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