Utah State Bill Allows Towers to Act Without Police, Hold Property Until Paid

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: National News

A Utah bill passed by the state legislature will help towing companies recover costs from recovered vehicles that owners don’t claim, according to a news report.

Now, operators won’t need police permission to tow vehicles off Utah interstate highways, and companies could seize property to cover towing costs, the report states.

Towing companies can now hold property found with the vehicle until the towing costs are paid. The law is modeled on regulations for storage companies, which can hold property if rent isn’t paid, according to the report.

The bill would also allow tow truck operators to respond to minor accidents without law enforcement on interstate highways. The trucks would be able to use emergency vehicle access on freeways, as well, the report states.

The measure now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for signature.