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HB21-1283

Vehicle Towing Consumer Protection

Concerning measures to address consumer protection concerns regarding vehicle towing, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subjects:
Business & Economic Development
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

The bill requires the department of regulatory agencies (department) to conduct a sunset review of the public utilities commission's (commission) regulation of towing carriers in 2023 2025 and moves up changes the department's sunset review of the towing task force (task force) from 2024 to 2023 2025. As part of its sunset review of the commission's regulation of towing carriers, the department is required to review complaints against towing carriers and whether the towing industry and consumers would benefit from dispute resolution of complaints. the reasonableness of rates for recovery, towing, and storage fees; and the reasonableness of towing contracts that towing companies enter into with property owners.The composition of the task force is changed to replace a member who represents towing carriers but is not a representative of a towing association with a member who represents mobile home owners and to replace a member who represents an association of motor carriers with a member who represents common interest community unit owners. The bill adds 2 5 members to the task force to represent:

  • Mobile home owners in the state;
  • The attorney general with experience enforcing the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act";
  • People with disabilities;
  • Common interest communities; and
  • Communities that might be disproportionately affected by nonconsensual towing, such as communities of color, immigrant communities, elderly communities, and rural communities.

The following changes are made to membership:

  • The member who represents an association of automobile owners is removed;
  • The member who represents a towing association is required to be experienced with consentual tows; and
  • The member who represents towing carriers but not a towing association is changed to a member who represents nonconsensual towing carriers.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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