, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
A new law in Colorado is intended to benefit truckers after nonconsensual tows.
Currently, the state’s Public Utilities Commission regulates the rates that can be charged for a nonconsensual tow of vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. Nonconsensual towing rates for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds are determined by a negotiated agreement between the tower and law enforcement.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill to repeal the 10,000-pound weight restriction to apply the PUC’s towing rate regulation to all vehicles. Previously HB1031, the new law takes effect Aug. 6.
Owner-operator and OOIDA Life Member Jack McComb of Littleton, Colo., said changes are needed to help ensure fair rates for all tows.
“The problem in Colorado is that the negotiations go on between law enforcement agencies and the towing companies,” he said. “There is no one involved in the negotiations that have the truck driver’s best interest in mind.”
The new law also creates a nine-person committee to advise the PUC on rates and investigations of overcharges. One member would represent truck drivers.
Senate Transportation Chairwoman Nancy Todd, D-Arapahoe, told a panel of Senate lawmakers during recent discussion on the bill that nonconsensual towing is a big topic around the state, and developing a committee to address concerns is very important.
“It’s important to bring all the players to the table,” Todd said.
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