Bill Text: HI HB261 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Tow Truck Pricing.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-02-05 - The committee(s) on CPC recommend(s) that the measure be deferred. [HB261 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2021-HB261-Introduced.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

261

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to tow truck pricing.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  Section 290-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

     1.  By amending subsection (b) to read:

     "(b)  Towing companies engaged by the owner, occupant, or person in charge of the property shall:

     (1)  Charge not more than [$65] $100 for a tow, [or $75] $125 for a tow using a dolly, or $150 for a tow using a flatbed, plus [a]:

          (A)  A mileage charge of $7.50 per mile towed; and [$25]

          (B)  A storage charge of $35 per day or fraction thereof [for storage for the first seven days and $20 per day thereafter.], unless the vehicle occupies more than one stall because of its size, in which case a storage charge of $50 per day or fraction thereof.

          In the case of a difficult hookup, a towing surcharge of $30 shall apply.  When the tow occurs between the hours of six o'clock p.m. and six o'clock a.m., from Monday through Thursday and from six o'clock p.m. Friday to six o'clock a.m. Monday, the towing company shall be entitled to an overtime charge of [$15.] $50.  If the towing company is required to clean up the road at the scene of the tow, the towing company shall be entitled to a clean-up charge of $75.  Unless otherwise compensated pursuant to subsection (d), the towing company shall be entitled to a documentation fee of $250 to comply with the written notification and, if necessary, advertising, title transfer, and other documentation requirements of this part.  The charges listed in this paragraph shall be the only charges tow companies are authorized to charge vehicle owners.  For purposes of this paragraph, "difficult hookup" shall mean an above or below ground hookup in a multilevel facility;

     (2)  If the vehicle is in the process of being hooked up, meaning up to the point when the tow truck is driving away, and the vehicle owner appears on the scene, the tow company shall release the vehicle to the vehicle owner at a location that ensures the safety of all persons and property involved, regardless of whether the release occurs on the scene or if the vehicle must be removed from the scene to be safely released; provided that no fee will be charged to the vehicle owner under this paragraph;

  (3)  Determine the name of the legal owner and the last registered owner of the vehicle from the department of transportation or the county department of finance.  The legal owner and the last registered owner shall be notified in writing at the address on record with the department of transportation or with the county department of finance by registered or certified mail of the location of the vehicle, together with a description of the vehicle, within a reasonable period not to exceed fifteen days following the tow.  The notice shall state:

          (A)  The maximum towing charges and fees allowed by law;

          (B)  The telephone number of the consumer information service of the department of commerce and consumer affairs; and

          (C)  That if the vehicle is not recovered within thirty days after the mailing of the notice, the vehicle shall be deemed abandoned and will be sold or disposed of as junk.

          Where the legal owner and the last registered owner have not been notified pursuant to this paragraph, the vehicle may be recovered by the vehicle owner from the towing company without paying tow or storage fees.  The notice need not be sent to a legal owner or last registered owner or any person with an unrecorded interest in the vehicle whose name or address cannot be determined.  Absent evidence to the contrary, a notice shall be deemed received by the legal owner or last registered owner five days after the mailing;

     (4)  Provide, when a vehicle is recovered by the vehicle owner, the vehicle owner with a receipt stating:

          (A)  The maximum towing charges and fees allowed by law; and

          (B)  The telephone number of the consumer information service of the department of commerce and consumer affairs; and

     (5)  Accommodate payment by the vehicle owner for charges under paragraph (1) by cash, credit card, or debit card."

     2.  By amending subsection (f) to read:

     "(f)  Notwithstanding any law or ordinance to the contrary, including subsection (h) and section 46-20.5, any towing company engaged in towing in a county with a population greater than five hundred thousand shall offer towing services to consumers twenty-four hours per day every day of the week.  The towing services shall include the release of vehicles kept in storage to an insurer, vehicle owner, or a designated representative."

     SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Abandoned Vehicles; Tow Truck Pricing

 

Description:

Adjusts towing company charges and fees for vehicles left unattended or abandoned.  Establishes a clean-up charge and documentation fee.

 

 

 

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