Removal of vehicles involved in accidents; lien of keeper of vehicles. (SB1160)

Introduced By

Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Vehicles; liens; abandoned vehicles; removing vehicles involved in accidents. Modernizes and improves enforcement of mechanics' and storage liens by (i) transferring notification and auction posting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department); (ii) allowing for independent appraisals to establish accurate vehicle values; (iii) expanding vehicle owner searches to other states and requiring the Department to notify owners in those states; and (iv) creating a limited process for relinquishing mechanics' and storage liens. The bill permits out-of-state requesters to obtain Virginia vehicle information for mechanics' or storage liens or abandoned vehicle enforcement in their states, and clarifies disposal rights, auction requirements, and titling documentation for abandoned vehicles. The Department is authorized to collect administrative fees to cover the expenses associated with these duties. The bill also provides that an entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages or claims resulting from exercise of authority, provided that the entity acted reasonably. The provisions of this bill related to mechanics' and storage liens have a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100739D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Transportation with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103320D-S1
02/01/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103320D-S1
02/02/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1160S1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Passed Senate (31-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Transportation
02/08/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1160S1)
02/09/2021Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
02/15/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
02/18/2021Reported from Transportation with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Read second time
02/23/2021Passed by for the day
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/24/2021Amendments by Delegate McQuinn agreed to
02/24/2021Passed House with amendments (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (35-Y 4-N)
02/25/2021Reconsideration of House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (33-Y 6-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1160ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1160ER)
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 374 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0374)
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 374 (effective - see bill)

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