Towing; regulations for those seeking tow truck authorization documents and provisional changes. (HB1012)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patron Sen. Edd Houck (D-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Towing. Requires that a vehicle has insurance providing coverage for towing, recovery, and storage fees in order to be considered "insured motor vehicle" for the purpose of vehicle registration. The bill further allows tow trucks to use crossovers on controlled-access highways when providing a public safety towing and recovery service. Additionally, the bill repeals the provision that allows insurance company agents and persons subject to a vehicle security interest to have vehicles that have been towed as the result of a police-towing request to be towed to another location ("secondary tow"). Also repealed is the requirement that towing and recovery businesses accept insurance company checks in payment for towing, recovery, and storage charges. The bill also allows the Board for Towing and Recovery Operators to promulgate regulations specifying additional training or conditions for individuals seeking tow truck authorization documents. The bill, further, exempts from the requirement that tow truck operators have tow truck authorization documents issued by the Board for Towing and Recovery Operators tow trucks that are (i) towing vehicles from origins in another state and are passing through the Commonwealth to destinations outside the Commonwealth, or (ii) towing vehicles from origins in another state to destinations in the Commonwealth, or (iii) not engaged to towed vehicles by physical, mechanical means that cause the towed vehicle to be moved or lifted off the ground. Finally, the bill provides that a person cannot not be refused a license or a tow truck driver authorization document by the Board for Towing and Recovery Operators solely because of a prior criminal conviction, unless the criminal conviction directly relates to the towing and recovery of vehicles and safety of the users of the services offered by such licensee or holder of a tow truck authorization document. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083451548
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1012)
01/18/2008Assigned Transportation sub: 2
01/31/2008Reported from Transportation with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2008Committee substitute printed 083541548-H1
02/01/2008Read first time
02/01/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1012H1)
02/04/2008Read second time
02/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 083541548-H1
02/04/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1012H1
02/05/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Communicated to Senate
02/06/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/14/2008Reported from Transportation with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/18/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Read third time
02/19/2008Reading of amendment waived
02/19/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2008Amendments by Senator Watkins agreed to
02/19/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2008Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/2008Placed on Calendar
02/21/2008Passed by for the day
02/22/2008Passed by for the day
02/25/2008Passed by for the day
02/26/2008Senate amendments agreed to by House (95-Y 1-N)
02/26/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 1-N)
02/28/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1012ER)
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1012ER)
02/28/2008Signed by Speaker
03/02/2008Signed by President
03/08/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 470 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0470)