Missouri Towing Task Force

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A bill creating a towing task force has been passed by the Missouri House of Representatives. The task force will address charges made by towing companies for nonconsensual heavy-duty towing and recovery services.

The task force will make comprehensive recommendations on matters related to the investigation of overcharges made by towing companies in violation of the rules including: A process for the adjudication of consumer complaints regarding nonconsensual tow charges; Factors to consider in determining whether a charge levied by a towing company is just, fair, and reasonable; provided that, it shall be a violation of the rules for a towing company to charge for the use of unnecessary equipment and labor; And a process for the removal of towing companies from rotation lists for violations of the rules; and to make comprehensive recommendations regarding information that should be included on every invoice with respect to a nonconsensual tow.

The task force will make recommendations with respect to tows involving vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 26,000 lbs., and will consist of nine members:

• One member of the general assembly appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate;

• One member of the general assembly appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

• One member, or the member’s designee, appointed by the governor to represent the department of revenue;

• One member, or the member’s designee, appointed by the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol;

• One member, or the member’s designee, appointed by the governor to represent towing companies within the state but who does not represent a towing association;

• One member who insures commercial motor vehicles, or the member’s designee, appointed by the governor to represent insurance companies within the state;

• One member, or the member’s designee, appointed by the governor to represent an association of motor carriers within the state;

• One member, or the member’s designee, appointed by the director of the Missouri department of revenue; and

• One member, appointed by the governor, who is a truck driver that resides in Missouri.

The task force shall make its first comprehensive recommendations in a report to the general assembly no later than March 1, 2021, and task force members will elect a chair from among their membership. The chair shall set the times and frequency of the task force’s meetings. The task force will expire on January 1, 2022.

Read the full bill here.