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H0524.........................................by TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE MOTOR VEHICLE - ACCIDENTS - Adds to existing law to provide that a towing firm called to the scene of an accident or disabled vehicle shall remove the vehicle as directed by an authorized officer or as requested by the owner or authorized agent; and to prohibit collection of certain fees if the vehicle is moved other than as so directed or if the towing firm refuses to release the vehicle to the owner for any reason other than the owner's refusal to pay lawful fees. 02/07 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/08 Rpt prt - to Transp 02/11 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/14 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/18 3rd rdg - PASSED - 65-0-5 AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Boe, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Cheirrett, Clark, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Hansen(23), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery, Mortensen, Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ridinger, Ringo, Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone, Taylor, Tilman, Trail(Miller), Wheeler, Wood, Zimmermann, Mr Speaker NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Black, Crow, Ellsworth, Hansen(29), Pischner Floor Sponsor - Stone Title apvd - to Senate 02/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Transp 03/15 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/16 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/30 3rd rdg - PASSED - 30-0-5 AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Ingram, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams NAYS--None Absent and excused--Crow, Danielson, Geddes, Hawkins, Ipsen Floor Sponsor - Thorne Title apvd - to House 03/31 To enrol 04/03 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 04/04 Pres signed - to Governor 04/14 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 308 Effective: 07/01/00
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 524 BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO TOWING OF MOTOR VEHICLES; AMENDING CHAPTER 18, TITLE 49, IDAHO 3 CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 49-1807A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE 4 THAT A TOWING FIRM CALLED TO THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT OR DISABLED VEHICLE 5 SHALL REMOVE THE VEHICLE AS DIRECTED BY AN AUTHORIZED OFFICER OR AS 6 REQUESTED BY THE OWNER OR AUTHORIZED AGENT, TO PROHIBIT COLLECTION OF CER- 7 TAIN FEES IF THE VEHICLE IS REMOVED OTHER THAN AS SO DIRECTED OR IF THE 8 TOWING FIRM REFUSES TO RELEASE THE VEHICLE TO THE OWNER FOR ANY REASON 9 OTHER THAN THE OWNER'S REFUSAL TO PAY LAWFUL FEES. 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 11 SECTION 1. That Chapter 18, Title 49, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 12 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 13 ignated as Section 49-1807A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 14 49-1807A. UNAUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF VEHICLE -- REFUSAL TO RELEASE VEHICLE. 15 Any towing firm, employee or agent thereof called to the scene of an accident 16 or disabled vehicle by an authorized officer and requested to remove a vehi- 17 cle, shall remove the vehicle and take it to the nearest garage or other place 18 of safety as directed by the officer or, except as otherwise provided in this 19 chapter, shall take the vehicle to such place as the owner or his authorized 20 agent may reasonably request. The towing firm, employee or agent shall not be 21 entitled to recover any storage, impound fees or other fees, except the sched- 22 uled tow fee, if the firm, employee or agent: 23 (1) Removes the vehicle to a place other than as directed by the officer 24 or as reasonably requested by the owner or his authorized agent; or 25 (2) After removing the vehicle, refuses to release the vehicle to the 26 owner or his authorized agent for any reason other than the refusal of the 27 owner or authorized agent to pay the fees to which the towing firm is lawfully 28 entitled. The refusal of the owner or his authorized agent to pay fees to 29 which the towing firm, employee or agent is not entitled pursuant to this sub- 30 section, shall not be cause for the towing firm, employee or agent to refuse 31 to release the vehicle.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 09786C1 This legislation adds a new section to the Idaho Code relating to the towing of motor vehicles, which provides that a towing firm called to the scene of an accident or disabled vehicle shall remove the vehicle as directed by an authorized officer or as requested by the owner or authorized agent. The towing company shall be prohibited from collecting certain fees if the vehicle is removed other than as so directed or if the towing firm refuses to release the vehicle to the owner for any reason other than the owner's refusal to pay lawful fees. FISCAL IMPACT There is no fiscal impact to the general fund. Contact Name: Rep Ruby R Stone Phone: 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 524