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H.B. 212





Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions authorizing a
             9      peace officer to move a vehicle in certain circumstances.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires a peace officer to use the quickest available means to remove or cause to be
             13      removed a vehicle from the highway that is causing a safety hazard, traffic delays,
             14      and will result in significant delays to the traveling public; and
             15          .    requires the Department of Public Safety to make rules to implement these
             16      provisions.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          41-6-102, as last amended by Chapter 202, Laws of Utah 2001
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 41-6-102 is amended to read:
             27           41-6-102. Peace officer authorized to move vehicle.

             28          (1) If a peace officer finds a vehicle in violation of Section 41-6-101 , the officer may
             29      move the vehicle, cause the vehicle to be moved, or require the driver or other person
             30      responsible for the vehicle to move the vehicle to a safe position off the highway.
             31          (2) A peace officer may remove or cause to be removed to a place of safety any
             32      unattended vehicle left standing upon any highway in violation of this article or in a position or
             33      under circumstances that the vehicle obstructs the normal movement of traffic.
             34          (3) In accordance with Section 41-6-102.5 , a peace officer may remove or cause to be
             35      removed to the nearest garage or other place of safety any vehicle found upon a highway when:
             36          (a) the vehicle has been reported stolen or taken without the consent of its owner;
             37          (b) the person responsible for the vehicle is unable to provide for its custody or
             38      removal; or
             39          (c) the person operating the vehicle is arrested for an alleged offense for which the
             40      peace officer is required by law to take the person arrested before a proper magistrate without
             41      unnecessary delay.
             42          (4) (a) If a peace officer determines that a vehicle must be removed either as a result of
             43      a crash or otherwise in accordance with this chapter, the peace officer shall remove or cause the
             44      vehicle to be removed by the quickest available means if:
             45          (i) the incident is causing a safety hazard;
             46          (ii) the incident is causing traffic delays; and
             47          (iii) the traffic volume adjacent to the incident would result in significant delays to the
             48      traveling public if the vehicle is not removed by the quickest available means.
             49          (b) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             50      department shall make rules for the implementation of this Subsection (4) in a uniform manner
             51      throughout the state. The rules shall:
             52          (i) provide strict response time performance standards for tow truck motor carriers
             53      contacted in accordance with this Subsection (4);
             54          (ii) provide an exception to any rules for the rotation of tow truck motor carriers in
             55      conflict with this Subsection (4); and
             56          (iii) allow a qualified tow truck in the proximity of the incident to respond if necessary.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-9-03 9:42 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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