Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 1406

Motor Vehicles
Traffic Code
Section 1406
Removal and impoundment of vehicles -- Reporting and notification requirements -- Administrative impound fee -- Refunds -- Possessory lien -- Rulemaking.

            

41-6a-1406.   Removal and impoundment of vehicles -- Reporting and notification requirements -- Administrative impound fee -- Refunds -- Possessory lien -- Rulemaking.

            (1) If a vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is removed or impounded as provided under Section 41-1a-1101, 41-6a-527, 41-6a-1405, 41-6a-1408, or 73-18-20.1 by an order of a peace officer or by an order of a person acting on behalf of a law enforcement agency or highway authority, the removal or impoundment of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor shall be at the expense of the owner.

            (2) The vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor under Subsection (1) shall be removed or impounded to:

            (a) a state impound yard; or

            (b) if none, a garage, docking area, or other place of safety.

            (3) The peace officer may move a vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor or cause it to be removed by a tow truck motor carrier that meets standards established:

            (a) under Title 72, Chapter 9, Motor Carrier Safety Act; and

            (b) by the department under Subsection (10).

            (4) (a) Immediately after the removal of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor, a report of the removal shall be sent to the Motor Vehicle Division by:

            (i) the peace officer or agency by whom the peace officer is employed; and

            (ii) the tow truck operator or the tow truck motor carrier by whom the tow truck operator is employed.

            (b) The report shall be in a form specified by the Motor Vehicle Division and shall include:

            (i) the operator's name, if known;

            (ii) a description of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;

            (iii) the vehicle identification number or vessel or outboard motor identification number;

            (iv) the license number or other identification number issued by a state agency;

            (v) the date, time, and place of impoundment;

            (vi) the reason for removal or impoundment;

            (vii) the name of the tow truck motor carrier who removed the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor; and

            (viii) the place where the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is stored.

            (c) Until the tow truck operator or tow truck motor carrier reports the removal as required under this Subsection (4), a tow truck motor carrier or impound yard may not:

            (i) collect any fee associated with the removal; and

            (ii) begin charging storage fees.

            (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(e) and upon receipt of the report, the Motor Vehicle Division shall give notice to the registered owner of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor and any lien holder in the manner prescribed by Section 41-1a-114.

            (b) The notice shall:

            (i) state the date, time, and place of removal, the name, if applicable, of the person operating the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor at the time of removal, the reason for removal, and the place where the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is stored;

            (ii) state that the registered owner is responsible for payment of towing, impound, and storage fees charged against the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;

            (iii) inform the registered owner of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor of the conditions that must be satisfied before the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is released; and

            (iv) inform the registered owner and lienholder of the division's intent to sell the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor, if within 30 days from the date of the removal or impoundment under this section, the owner, lien holder, or the owner's agent fails to make a claim for release of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor.

            (c) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(e) and if the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is not registered in this state, the Motor Vehicle Division shall make a reasonable effort to notify the registered owner and any lien holder of the removal and the place where the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is stored.

            (d) The Motor Vehicle Division shall forward a copy of the notice to the place where the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is stored.

            (e) The Motor Vehicle Division is not required to give notice under this Subsection (5) if a report was received by a tow truck operator or tow truck motor carrier reporting a tow truck service in accordance with Subsection 72-9-603(1)(a)(i).

            (6) (a) The vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor shall be released after the registered owner, lien holder, or the owner's agent:

            (i) makes a claim for release of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor at any office of the State Tax Commission;

            (ii) presents identification sufficient to prove ownership of the impounded vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;

            (iii) completes the registration, if needed, and pays the appropriate fees;

            (iv) if the impoundment was made under Section 41-6a-527, pays an administrative impound fee of $350; and

            (v) pays all towing and storage fees to the place where the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is stored.

            (b) (i) Twenty-nine dollars of the administrative impound fee assessed under Subsection (6)(a)(iv) shall be dedicated credits to the Motor Vehicle Division;

            (ii) $97 of the administrative impound fee assessed under Subsection (6)(a)(iv) shall be deposited in the Department of Public Safety Restricted Account created in Section 53-3-106;

            (iii) $20 of the administrative impound fee assessed under Subsection (6)(a)(iv) shall be deposited in the Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fund; and

            (iv) the remainder of the administrative impound fee assessed under Subsection (6)(a)(iv) shall be deposited in the General Fund.

            (c) The administrative impound fee assessed under Subsection (6)(a)(iv) shall be waived or refunded by the State Tax Commission if the registered owner, lien holder, or owner's agent presents written evidence to the State Tax Commission that:

            (i) the Driver License Division determined that the arrested person's driver license should not be suspended or revoked under Section 53-3-223 or 41-6a-521 as shown by a letter or other report from the Driver License Division presented within 30 days of the final notification from the Driver License Division; or

            (ii) the vehicle was stolen at the time of the impoundment as shown by a copy of the stolen vehicle report presented within 30 days of the impoundment.

            (d) A tow truck operator, a tow truck motor carrier, and an impound yard shall accept payment by cash and debit or credit card for a removal or impoundment under Subsection (1) or any service rendered, performed, or supplied in connection with a removal or impoundment under Subsection (1).

            (e) The owner of an impounded vehicle may not be charged a fee for the storage of the impounded vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor if:

            (i) the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is being held as evidence; and

            (ii) the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor is not being released to the registered owner, lien holder, or the owner's agent even if the registered owner, lien holder, or the owner's agent satisfies the requirements to release the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor under this Subsection (6).

            (7) (a) An impounded vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor not claimed by the registered owner or the owner's agent within the time prescribed by Section 41-1a-1103 shall be sold in accordance with that section and the proceeds, if any, shall be disposed of as provided under Section 41-1a-1104.

            (b) The date of impoundment is considered the date of seizure for computing the time period provided under Section 41-1a-1103.

            (8) The registered owner who pays all fees and charges incurred in the impoundment of the owner's vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor, has a cause of action for all the fees and charges, together with damages, court costs, and attorney fees, against the operator of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor whose actions caused the removal or impoundment.

            (9) Towing, impound fees, and storage fees are a possessory lien on the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor.

            (10) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the department shall make rules setting the performance standards for towing companies to be used by the department.

            (11) (a) The Motor Vehicle Division may specify that a report required under Subsection (4) be submitted in electronic form utilizing a database for submission, storage, and retrieval of the information.

            (b) (i) Unless otherwise provided by statute, the Motor Vehicle Division or the administrator of the database may adopt a schedule of fees assessed for utilizing the database.

            (ii) The fees under this Subsection (11)(b) shall:

            (A) be reasonable and fair; and

            (B) reflect the cost of administering the database.


Amended by Chapter 249, 2014 General Session