Protecting Our Community from Bandit Tow Truck Drivers
Posted by Mitchell Englander on April 01, 2015 at 12:00 PM
I was happy to join my colleague, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, to support California State Assembly Bill 122 (Bloom) to protect our local residents from bandit tow truck operators.
Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for a tow truck to stop at the scene of an accident or near a disabled vehicle for the purpose of soliciting an engagement for towing services unless specifically summoned or requested to provide assistance. The existing law also makes it a misdemeanor for a tow truck to move any vehicle without the express authorization of the operator of the vehicle or a public agency when the vehicle has been left unattended or when there is an injury as the result of an accident.
AB 1222 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom that would provide additional provisions for towing companies, including a requirement to possess specified written information prior to arriving at the scene, which must be made available to law enforcement.
These additional requirements will protect consumers by ensuring that stranded motorists are not taken advantage of by unfair or deceptive practices by tow truck operators.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District