Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brewer vetoes bill that cracks down on predatory tow trucking

Chooses to continue to allow rogue companies to prey on Arizonans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed on Tuesday a bill that would have prevented tow truck companies from predatory practices, including holding one’s vehicle for excessive payments and price gouging.

House Bill 2462, sponsored by Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe (District 17), and supported by tow truck businesses that play by the rules, would have offered accountability and oversight for predatory tow truck practices, but Brewer chose to veto it.

“Gov. Brewer caved for the rogue tow truck industry that will now continue their predatory practices of gouging consumers, stealing vehicles, and holding vehicles captive until excessive payment,” Ableser said. “When reputable tow truck companies called for more enforcement and reform, Gov. Brewer stayed in the back pocket of the predatory companies that have been preying on Arizonans for decades.”

HB 2462 would have made it illegal for tow truck companies to remove a vehicle on private property without permission from the property owner or authorization from law enforcement.

The bill passed with bipartisan support.

“This bill would have held tow truck companies that are not playing by the rules accountable for their actions,” Ableser said. “It is wrong for tow truck businesses to prey on Arizonans by essentially stealing their cars, and Gov. Brewer is letting them get away with it.”


1 comment:

  1. Brewer must have caved in due to strong financial support from the rogue tow truck operators who have plenty to gain from NOT being regulated.