SB120 - Revises the Law on the Towing of Motor Vehicles and Watercraft
||Revises the Law on the Towing of Motor Vehicles and Watercraft
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|LR Number:||S0521.03P ||Fiscal Note:||0521-03|
|Committee:||Commerce and Environment |
|Last Action:||05/12/97 - Reported Do Pass H Motor Vehicles Committee ||Journal page:||H1920|
|Title:||SS/SB 120 |
|Effective Date:||August 28, 1997 |
SS/SB 120 - This act revises the requirements for the
towing, storage and retitling of abandoned motor vehicle and
PUBLIC PROPERTY TOWS - Police and government agencies
authorizing tows shall make out a report form. Tows by local
government agencies shall be reported to local law enforcement
instead of to the Highway Patrol. The authorization to tow form
is eliminated. All involuntary repossessions shall be reported,
and reports shall be made within two hours to local police.
PROCEDURES - Lienholders shall be notified of any possible
title change by the towing company. Storage charges must be
reasonable and shall depend upon compliance with all sections of
the towing law. The current law allowing junking certificates or
salvage titles to towing companies under an abbreviated procedure
is extended to January 1, 1998. Extra proceeds from the sale of
a vehicle by a towing company shall go to the prior owner and
lienholder. The towing company may get an original title after
inspection by the Highway Patrol.
PRIVATE PROPERTY TOWS - Prior notification to a law
enforcement agency is no longer required. An abandoned property
report shall be completed at the time of the tow. This report
shall have information on the towing company and the law
enforcement agency receiving the report. The towing company
shall report the tow to law enforcement within one hour or within
twenty-four hours, depending on the situation. The report may be
faxed if it can be received and if registered.
Upon receiving the report, law enforcement shall make a
crime inquiry promptly, sign the report and give the towing
company information on the vehicle's owner and lienholder. A
copy of the report shall be sent to the Department of Revenue by
the towing company if the vehicle is not claimed within 10
working days. Any wrongful authorization by a landowner or
lessee is a misdemeanor.
Local government agencies may authorize the towing of
derelict vehicles from private property under local ordinance.
CONSUMER PROTECTION - Notice about the tow shall be made in
writing to the registered owner and lienholder within 5 days.
The landowner has double liability for wrongfully authorizing
tows. Credit cards are no longer required to be accepted by