Towing violations; enforcement. (HB959)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Towing violations; enforcement; fuel surcharge fee. Authorizes localities in Planning Districts 8 and 16 to require written authorization of the owner of the property from which the vehicle is towed at the time the vehicle is being towed and regulate the monitoring practices that may be used by towing and recovery operators. Current law authorizes localities other than those in Planning Districts 8 and 16 to require written authorization of the owner of the property from which the vehicle is towed at the time the vehicle is being towed. The bill changes the penalty for certain trespass towing offenses in Planning District 8 from $150 per violation paid to the Literary Fund to 10 times the total amount charged for such removal, towing, and storage to be paid to the victim of the unlawful towing. The bill also changes the expiration date of the authorization for towing and recovery operators to charge a fuel surcharge fee of no more than $20 for each vehicle towed or removed from private property without the consent of its owner and the prohibition on local governing bodies limiting or prohibiting such fee from July 1, 2024, to July 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101550D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2024Assigned Transportation sub: Highway Safety and Policy
01/26/2024Assigned Transportation sub: Innovations (Ad Hoc)
02/02/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/06/2024Reported from Transportation with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24105910D-H1
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105910D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB959H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (98-Y 2-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (98-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/22/2024Reported from Transportation (12-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB959H1)
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Committee substitute printed 24108476D-S1
02/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Passed by for the day
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB959S1)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108476D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB959S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (37-Y 2-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108476D-S1 (99-Y 1-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 1-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB959ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/05/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 537 (effective 7/1/24)

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