House Bill (S)

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Towing services. Amends the statute concerning the release of an abandoned motor vehicle that has been towed to a storage yard or towing facility as follows: (1) Provides that upon payment of all costs incurred against a vehicle, the vehicle must be released to a representative of the insurance company that insures the vehicle if certain conditions are met. (2) Provides inspection rights for owners, lienholders, and insurance company representatives. (3) Requires a towing service or storage yard to: (A) provide an itemized receipt upon payment; and (B) meet certain requirements as to: (i) hours of operation; and (ii) receiving Towing services. Amends the statute concerning the release of an abandoned motor vehicle that has been towed to a storage yard or towing facility as follows: (1) Provides that upon payment of all costs incurred against a vehicle, the vehicle must be released to a representative of the insurance company that insures the vehicle if certain conditions are met. (2) Provides inspection rights for owners, lienholders, and insurance company representatives. (3) Requires a towing service or storage yard to: (A) provide an itemized receipt upon payment; and (B) meet certain requirements as to: (i) hours of operation; and (ii) receiving and returning telephone calls. Includes lienholders in the statutory definition of "owner". Makes the following changes to the statute concerning a public agency's or towing service's duty to notify the owner that an abandoned vehicle has been removed to a storage yard or towing service: (1) Provides that the required notice shall also be provided to the insurer of the vehicle, if: (A) the insurer is known; and (B) the vehicle is covered by an active insurance policy. (2) Specifies additional information that must be included in the notice. (3) Specifies a public agency's or towing service's duties with respect to vehicles owned by a corporation or another business entity. Creates a new article in the Indiana Code to establish certain requirements for towing companies that engage in, or offer to engage in, the business of providing towing service in Indiana, including provisions concerning the following: (1) Emergency towing. (2) Private property towing. (3) Estimates and invoices for towing services. (4) Releasing towed motor vehicles. (4) Prohibited acts by towing companies and storage facilities. Provides that a person who violates these new provisions commits a deceptive act that is: (1) actionable under; and (2) subject to the penalties and remedies set forth in; the statute governing deceptive consumer sales. Provides that the attorney general: (1) shall receive, and may investigate, complaints alleging violations of the new provisions; and (2) after finding that a violation has occurred, may take appropriate action under the statute governing deceptive consumer sales. Authorizes the attorney general to adopt rules to implement the new provisions. ... View more