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House Bill 1352
HERE is a “marked up” copy of House Bill 1352 modeled after NCOIL. Please review the document.
Updated as of January 26, 2018
Click HERE to track the legislative reports
Legislative Update Jan. 15, 2018
As we assumed, there was legislation filed by Rep Mahan – HB 1352 – that is modeled after the NCOIL language. Rep Mahan plans on taking our comments that we provided to NCOIL on the legislation and making changes – however – these changes are not incorporated into the introduced version. We plan to sit down at some point this week to discuss what changes he is planning on making. After we meet, we will keep you informed.
On the positive, Rep Bob Morris has introduced legislation – HB 1429 – that would penalize drivers who abandon their vehicles.
Both of these bills have been assigned to the House Roads and Transportation Committee. If your legislator is on the committee or if their legislative districts are close, please contact them and express your opinion. Please personalize the following points as legislators will discount form letters or calls.
HB 1352 – Talking Points
HB 1429 – Talking Points
Please be courteous to the staff person answering the call. There are almost 1,000 bills filed and there is a good chance that they are not aware of the legislation. Please offer to be of assistance as the legislation moves forward.
Please click on the links above for details on HB 1352 and HB 1429. Click HERE for a listing of Legislators assigned to those bills and their contact information.
2017-2018 Membership Directory
You can find a copy of the 2017-2018 Membership Directory HERE
Draft Towing Regulations
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is comprised of legislators from around the country that serve on their insurance committees. They propose legislation that can be used as a model on a variety of insurance topics. One of the working drafts they are currently working on is titled “Model Consumer Protecting Towing Act” and it is being drafted by Rep Matt Lehman from Berne, IN.
Rep Lehman owns an insurance agency and has dealt with some questionable towing bills that have come across his desk over the years. He also had a constituent have a bad experience recently. ITWA contacted Rep. Lehman and he is willing to listen to our concerns and is open to making changes. He wants to have common sense regulation.
Please review the draft legislation and let ITWA know your thoughts – what do you agree with – what do you disagree with – what changes would you make? ITWA expects him to file legislation and that it has a good chance of receiving a hearing.
Please let ITWA know your thoughts by September 1 so that we have them compiled prior to our meeting with him in mid-September.
Wireless Tow Lights
During the Chapter meeting in Seymour, the question was raised if wireless tow lights meet code. Please click HERE to see the regulation. Thanks to Mickey Hercamp for forwarding the information.
Auto Dealer Services Division
The Auto Dealer Services Division’s proposed rules and the Motor Vehicle Advisory Board reviewed them last year. Attached please find the current version of the Proposed rules. Once the above changes are finalized, The Secretary of State we will be holding another public hearing and re-opening the public comment period. You are welcome to make any comments and they can be submitted electronically to Senior Counsel, Rachael Ehlich, at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be submitted by mail to:
Auto Dealer Services Division
302 W. Washington St. Room E-111
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Chapter 1 Indiana State Police ELD Handout
During Chapter 1 Fall Meeting ISP shared a HANDOUT of the ELD Mandate for the Towing Industry
BMV Mechanic’s Lien Information
Below are the three forms that will be used for tows on or after July 1st, 2017
Abandoned Vehicles – Mechanic’s Lien for Vehicles Valued under $3,500: Click Here
Abandoned Vehicles – Mechanic’s Lien for Vehicles Valued at more than $3,500: Click Here
Mechanic’s Lien for Labor, Materials, Storage or Repair Work: Click Here
Old BMV Mechanic’s Lien Packet for vehicles towed between January 1st and June 30th, 2017: Click Here
BMV follow up from Owner’s Forum
At the Owner’s forum, BMV attended and members had several questions. Please see the answers that BMV has provided HERE
Special thanks to Keri Washabaugh from BMV for tracking down the answers.
How to find your Legislator
Simply provide your address and the legislature’s site will provide you with a list of all your legislators. Please use your personal and business address as you may be covered by multiple legislators who represent you. Everyone will have at least one member in the Senate and one in the House.
HB 1511 has passed and been signed by Governor Holcomb! Read our detailed breakdown HERE
Click Here for a copy of HB 1511
Click Here for a complete list of tracked bills
ITWA Moves an IndyCar
How do you get an IndyCar into the airport? Through the front door or course. ITWA with the help of Cook’s Towing Service Inc. was proud to help move an IndyCar used to celebrate the inauguration of Eric Holcomb and his alma mater, Hanover College, to its new location at the Indianapolis International Airport!
The Indiana State Police have developed a “Daily Crash Prediction Map” that uses factors including time, weather and traffic to predict accident locations. This could be a very valuable tool for our tow truck drivers; take a look at the map below.
Move Over Indiana!
ITWA has started a new campaign to raise awareness of a little-known Indiana law. If you are driving and see a tow truck pulled off to the side of the road with lights on, you MUST move to the far lane, or if that’s not possible, slow down significantly. Let’s spread awareness to keep our tow truck drivers safe!
Helping out with the cause is easy. Just visit, like and SHARE our facebook page about the campaign, and feel free to share any personal stories or messages there. We are also looking for more content for the page- send us a message with any news articles or ideas. Thank you!
Thanks to the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization for making this great PSA, share this and their other great PSA’s with your friends!
FAST Act and Towing Rotation Rates & Electronic Logging Devices
How will these affect our industry?
CLICK HERE for the McGovern Law Firm letter explaining the change
CLICK HERE for the TRAA analysis of rule
CLICK HERE for the rule
If you would like to attend an IN-Time class please click here for registration information.
A clip from the Friday night Light Show