Tow truck drivers and towing and recovery operators; civil penalty for improper towing. (HB1960)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tow truck drivers and towing and recovery operators; requirements; penalties. Creates a civil penalty of $100 to be paid into the Literary Fund for any tow truck driver or towing and recovery operator convicted of improperly towing. The bill exempts Planning District 8 (Northern Virginia) from any requirement by a towing advisory board for written authorization in addition to a written contract in the event that a vehicle is being removed from private property. The bill requires that a tow truck driver immediately notify the animal control office in the locality from which the vehicle is being towed if the vehicle is occupied by a companion animal. The bill raises the hookup and initial towing fee in Planning District 8 (Northern Virginia) from $135 to $150. The bill requires the chairman of any towing advisory board within Planning District 8 (Northern Virginia) to be a representative of a licensed towing and recovery operator and limits the membership of such boards to only representatives of local law-enforcement agencies, representatives of licensed towing and recovery operators, and one member of the general public. The bill adds improper towing as a prohibited act under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act ( 59.1-196 et seq.). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101900D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1960)
01/17/2017Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/02/2017Reported from Transportation with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Committee substitute printed 17104664D-H1
02/03/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104664D-H1
02/06/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1960H1
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House (68-Y 28-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (68-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/15/2017Reported from Transportation with amendment (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2017Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2017Passed Senate with amendment (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Placed on Calendar
02/21/2017Senate amendment agreed to by House (66-Y 31-N)
02/21/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (66-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1960ER)
02/24/2017Signed by Speaker
02/24/2017Signed by President
02/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1960ER)
02/28/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/24/2017Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/2017Placed on Calendar
04/05/2017House concurred in Governor's recommendation to Amendment #2 (99-Y 0-N)
04/05/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/05/2017House rejected Governor's recommendation to Amendment #1 (33-Y 67-N)
04/05/2017VOTE: REJECTED (33-Y 67-N) (see vote tally)
04/05/2017Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation #2 (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/05/2017G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/05/2017Reenrolled bill text (HB1960ER2)
04/05/2017Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/05/2017Signed by President as reenrolled
04/05/2017Communicated to Governor
04/05/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 5, 2017
04/26/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 825 (effective 7/1/17)
04/26/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0825)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.


Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1468.