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H.B. 275

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM by ddonat. --> This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM by rday. -->              1     

VEHICLE TOWING REQUIREMENTS

             2     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

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Senate Sponsor: Brent H. Goodfellow

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Transportation Code by amending tow truck provisions.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    prohibits a tow truck operator or tow truck motor carrier from towing a vehicle
             13      when proper notice does not exist informing drivers of a tow away zone in certain
             14      locations; H. [ and ]
             14a          .    provides exceptions to the notice requirements; and .H
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          72-9-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
             23     
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 72-9-603 is amended to read:
             26           72-9-603. Towing notice requirements -- Cost responsibilities -- Abandoned
             27      vehicle title restrictions -- Rules for maximum rates and certification.


             28          (1) Except for tow truck service that was ordered by a peace officer, or a person acting
             29      on behalf of a law enforcement agency, or a highway authority, as defined in Section 72-1-102 ,
             30      after performing a tow truck service that is being done without the vehicle, vessel, or outboard
             31      motor owner's knowledge, the tow truck operator or the tow truck motor carrier shall:
             32          (a) immediately upon arriving at the place of storage or impound of the vehicle, vessel,
             33      or outboard motor, contact the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the area where
             34      the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor was picked up and notify the agency of the:
             35          (i) location of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;
             36          (ii) date, time, and location from which the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor was
             37      removed;
             38          (iii) reasons for the removal of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;
             39          (iv) person who requested the removal of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor; and
             40          (v) vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor's description, including its identification number
             41      and license number or other identification number issued by a state agency; and
             42          (b) within two business days of performing the tow truck service under Subsection
             43      (1)(a), send a certified letter to the last-known address of the registered owner and lien holder
             44      of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor obtained from the Motor Vehicle Division or if the
             45      person has actual knowledge of the owner's address to the current address, notifying [him] the
             46      owner of the:
             47          (i) location of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;
             48          (ii) date, time, location from which the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor was
             49      removed;
             50          (iii) reasons for the removal of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;
             51          (iv) person who requested the removal of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor;
             52          (v) a description, including its identification number and license number or other
             53      identification number issued by a state agency; and
             54          (vi) costs and procedures to retrieve the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor.
             55          (2) (a) Until the tow truck operator or tow truck motor carrier reports the removal as
             56      required under Subsection (1)(a), a tow truck operator, tow truck motor carrier, or impound
             57      yard may not:
             58          [(a) ] (i) collect any fee associated with the removal; [and] or


             59          [(b)] (ii) begin charging storage fees.
             60          (b) (i) H. [ A ] Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c), a .H tow truck operator or tow
             60a      truck motor carrier may not perform a tow truck
             61      service without the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor owner's or a lien holder's knowledge at
             62      either of the following locations without signage that meets the requirements of Subsection
             63      (2)(b)(ii):
             64          (A) a mobile home park as defined in Section 57-16-3 ; or
             65          (B) a multifamily dwelling of more than H. [ four ] eight .H units.
             66          (ii) Signage under Subsection (2)(b)(i) shall display:
             67          (A) where parking is subject to towing; S. and
             67a          (B)(I) the Internet website address that provides access to towing database information
             67b      in accordance with Section 41-6a-1406; or
             67c          (II) one of the following:
             68           [(B) H. (I) .H] (Aa) .S the name and phone number of the tow truck operator or tow truck
             68a      motor carrier
             69      that performs a tow truck service for the locations listed under Subsection (2)(b)(i); H. or
             69a          S. [ (II) ] (Bb) .S the name of the mobile home park or multifamily dwelling and the
             69b      phone number
             69b      of the mobile home park or multifamily dwelling manager or management office that
             69c      authorized the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor to be towed S. [ ; .H and
             70          (C) the Internet website address that provides access to towing database information in
             71      accordance with Section 41-6a-1406
] .S
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             71a           H. (c) Signage is not required under Subsection (2)(b) for parking in a location:
             71b          (i) that is prohibited by law;
             71c          (ii) that is prohibited by a declaration of the conditions, covenants, and restrictions or
             71d      by a contract; or
             71e          (iii) if it is reasonably apparent that the location is not open to parking.
             71f          (d) Nothing in this Subsection (2)(b) restricts the ability of a mobile home park as
             71g      defined in Section 57-16-3 or a multifamily dwelling from instituting and enforcing regulations
             71h      on parking. .H
             72          (3) The owner of a vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor lawfully removed is only
             73      responsible for paying:
             74          (a) the tow truck service and storage fees set in accordance with Subsection (7); and
             75          (b) the administrative impound fee set in Section 41-6a-1406 , if applicable.


             76          (4) The fees under Subsection (3) are a possessory lien on the vehicle, vessel, or
             77      outboard motor until paid.
             78          (5) A person may not request a transfer of title to an abandoned vehicle until at least 30
             79      days after notice has been sent under Subsection (1)(b).


             80          (6) A tow truck motor carrier or impound yard shall clearly and conspicuously post and
             81      disclose all its current fees and rates for tow truck service and storage of a vehicle in
             82      accordance with rules established under Subsection (7).
             83          (7) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             84      Department of Transportation shall:
             85          (a) set maximum rates that:
             86          (i) tow truck motor carriers may charge for the tow truck service of a vehicle, vessel, or
             87      outboard motor that are transported in response to:
             88          (A) a peace officer dispatch call;
             89          (B) a motor vehicle division call; and


             90          (C) any other call where the owner of the vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor has not
             91      consented to the removal; and
             92          (ii) impound yards may charge for the storage of a vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor
             93      stored as a result of one of the conditions listed under Subsection (7)(a)(i);
             94          (b) establish authorized towing certification requirements, not in conflict with federal
             95      law, related to incident safety, clean-up, and hazardous material handling; and
             96          (c) specify the form and content of the posting and disclosure of fees and rates charged
             97      by a tow truck motor carrier or impound yard.




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