BEND, Ore (KTVZ) – Towing can be a headache for anyone, especially if it is not regulated or practiced fairly.
Governor Kate Brown recently signed Senate Bill 300 to deal with the problems that some towing companies inflict on the general public. The new law creates the Oregon Board of Towing, and Lori Anton, general manager of Consolidated Towing in Bend, is in favor.
“It allows the industry as a whole to do self-regulation or self-regulation. So we support him 100%, “Anton said on Wednesday.
Anton added that the problems with towing are huge, and that much of it results from predatory towing. That is to say towing in parking lots.
She also clarified that infractions are usually caused by small towing companies acting unfairly, including not having the right accreditation and charging the price they want.
“There are lawsuits, there are complaints to the Better Business Bureau, complaints to the Oregon Tow Truck Association. , and who just take advantage of the people there, just because they have a tow truck on the road.
Some problems resulting from illegal towing practices are damaged cars, which are often passed on to insurance companies. The difficulty is to identify whether the damage was caused by a car accident, for example, or by the towing company.
“People who do not have the proper equipment to do the job and who pose a danger to themselves and to motorists, ”said Anton.
Anton reiterated that it’s a good thing that towing companies are being closely evaluated for stopping bad business and helping those affected by it.
Press release :
Senator Riley’s bill to create an Oregon towing council is enacted
SALEM – On July 19, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 300, a bill championed by Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) to create the Oregon Board of Towing within the Department of Transportation. The bill was passed by the Oregon Legislature with bipartisan support in the recent 2021 legislative session. Senate Bill 300 comes into force on January 1, 2022.
“Towing companies can face a variety of safety challenges while doing their job to help Oregon drivers and property owners,” said Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro). “Their voices must be heard as the Oregon Board of Towing determines the appropriate action to be taken when a towing company engages in predatory practices or has committed other violations.”
Senate Bill 300 creates a nine-member towing council that will include policymakers, members of towing companies, and law enforcement. The bill also creates the account of the State Towing Council, where possible charges for towing certificates and renewals as well as funds allocated by the Legislature can be withheld.
In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 117, which was also supported by Senator Riley. This bill specifically targeted businesses engaging in predatory towing practices. Senate Bill 300 builds on this work and improves accountability and oversight.
“For many Oregonians, towing a car is devastating. The cost of recovering a vehicle can be insurmountable, especially when that vehicle is one of the few family assets. Proper oversight of towing companies and towing practices will provide greater fairness to some of our most vulnerable Oregon residents and ensure towing laws are followed, ”added Senator Riley.
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