Pennsylvania

Jul 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bill Aimed at Reducing Predatory Towing Practices

A bill that now awaits consideration from the Pennsylvania Senate is intended to put a stop to questionable business practices by towing companies, according to a news report.

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee has voted to approve a bill that would require Pennsylvania tow truck operators to disclose their business information, fees and charges, the report states. If approved in the Senate, HB2041 would then move to the governor’s desk. House lawmakers have already approved the bill by a 139-52 vote.

Representative Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said vehicle owners would not be pressured into agreeing to vehicle repairs or delays in repairs, according to the news report, and a tow truck operator’s ability to keep control over the vehicle would be limited to one day, unless law enforcement requests that the vehicle be held longer.

In addition, operators would be prohibited from stopping at the scene of an accident or a disabled vehicle unless law enforcement, authorized personnel or the owner of the vehicle has contacted them. Other provisions in the bill would require vehicle owners to be notified within 24 hours of completing the tow, and reasonable access must be granted to the towed vehicle during the posted hours of operation, the news report states.

The state Attorney General’s office would be given primary responsibility of protecting consumer rights for the bill, and vehicle owners would be able to file complaints and get assistance from this office, according to the report.

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