NJ governor signs new towing law

| 8/16/2002

New Jersey's governor says no motorist will be left stranded regardless of ability to pay. On Wednesday, Gov. James E. McGreevey signed off on a law that makes it easier for cash-strapped drivers to obtain towing services.

The bill culminates an eight-year crusade by Terry Sandage, a sales manager from Kansas City, MO, whose daughter was killed when a tow truck driver left her stranded on a New Jersey road because she lacked the $40 he demanded for services.

According to New Jersey's Star-Ledger, the new law would require tow truck operators to accept either cash, a credit card or a money order for services. If a driver lacks any immediate form of payment, the operator must tow a vehicle to their repair facility, if asked, until payment can be arranged.

The bill by Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn (D-Bergen), would make it illegal for tow truck drivers to refuse a tow based on payment method. It imposes a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 fine for a second offense.