Yesterday’s news

February 2, 2007 at 2:10 am (Random)

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill that would tighten rules and regulations governing tow truck operators.

People who’ve gotten their cars seized under the most bogus of pretenses can attest to the need for better rules. So can the Department of Justice. In the past five years, more than 200 Oregonians have filed written complaints with the state against towing companies.

The Department of Justice backs Senate Bill 116, which would require towers to better disclose their terms and notify drivers. The bill also would prohibit towing companies from holding cars hostage until people agree not to contest their towing fees. This provision would help end this crude form of private-party blackmail.

Apparently, my competing bill, which would require all drivers of tow trucks to be drawn and quartered, is mired in subcommittee hearings.

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