California Towing Bill To Take Effect January

Dec 15th, 2010 | By | Category: California, National News, State By State News

California Assembly Bill 519, which deals with towing and storage laws, will take effect statewide in January 2011, according to a news report.

The bill impacts companies that charge for towing or vehicle storage. Those companies must, upon request, provide a Towing Fee and Access Notice to the owner or operator of the vehicle, provide an itemized invoice of the actual tow charges, and provide a notice on your invoice stating, “Upon request, you are entitled to receive a copy of the Towing Fees and Access Notice,” and have the notice available. The notice needs to only be on invoices that have tow charges, the report states.

The bill allows for additional services or fees to be charged if they are itemized and explained. This could be a handling fee or administration fee. Repairers should have the fee on their authorized estimate, according to the report.

The CRA suggests repairers incorporate by reference the towing invoice information into their invoice; therefore, according to the statute, they will not be responsible for the accuracy of their document, the report states.

The bill was supported by the insurance industry and opposed by the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) and others.