Bill passed to help tow truck companies

Published: Wednesday, March 2 2011 12:01 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Tow truck operators won't need police permission to tow vehicles off Utah interstate highways and could seize property to cover towing costs under a bill passed by the state Legislature.

Republican Sen. Peter Knudson of Brigham City says House Bill 81 will help wrecking companies recover costs from recovered vehicles that owners don't claim.

The measure now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for signature.

Knudson says wrecking companies could hold property found with the vehicle until the towing costs are paid.

The law is modeled on regulations for storage companies, which can hold property if rent isn't paid.

The bill would allow tow truck operators to respond to minor accidents without law enforcement on interstate highways.

The trucks would also be able to use emergency vehicle access on freeways.

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