Transportation Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-509

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TOWING OF REPOSSESSED CARS, AND NOTICES REQUIRED FOR TOW ZONES.

Vote Date:

3/18/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/23/2015

File No.:

431

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Committee Raised Bill

REASONS FOR BILL:

To allow a lending institution to repossess vehicles by contracting with wreckers to tow the vehicle and make several conforming changes. Require that police be notified within 2 hours (rather than immediately) of repossessing a vehicle without the retail buyer's knowledge and require adequate signage in any area where vehicles may be towed.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Lee Telke, Executive Director, Towing & Recovery Professionals of Connecticut - This is currently covered under existing Connecticut General Statutes. Section 14-145 speaks about the removal of cars, by a tow service, at the direction of the property owner or manager. The tow company currently has to notify the law enforcement agency, in the town that the vehicle was towed from, within two hours of the tow. Pubic Act 14-130 went even further, it mandates that the law enforcement agency enter the vehicle information into the NCIC/COLLECT systems within 48 hours of receiving the notice from the tower. In regards to the posting portion of SB 509 TRPC supports this section. Most businesses that contract tow companies currently post their premises. They would suggest sign size and content be placed in regulation if this portion of the bill is implemented, It should be the responsibility of the property owner to do this before they contract a towing company. TRPC extends an offer to participate in this bill drafting/contents, as they are more familiar with the issues than anyone in the state.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

NONE

Reported by: Mary Anderson

Date: March 24, 2015