Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Contact: Norita Taylor, [email protected]
Headquarters: (816) 229-5791
For Immediate Release
OOIDA seeks an end to overly inflated tow bills in West Virginia
Bill addresses non-consenual towing and complaints
A national truckers association wants West Virginia to enact legislation that would bring reform to how the Public Service Commission handles non-consensual towing and complaints. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports a bill introduced by Delegate Scott Cadle that will better protect truck drivers, and other motorists, from overly inflated towing bills in the state.
In West Virginia, small-business truckers are increasingly subjected to unreasonable charges from towing companies engaged in nonconsensual towing and recovery operations.
“Towing invoices in West Virginia are among the highest in the nation and the state’s enforcement is severely lacking,” said Mike Matousek, State Legislation Director for OOIDA.
A nonconsensual tow provides little or no opportunity for truck drivers involved in a roadside accident to shop for a towing company or negotiate rates. If not properly regulated, this can result in towing invoices that are inflated by tens of thousands of dollars.
The link below is a letter OOIDA sent to Delegate Cadle in support of HB 4186. The bill not only applies to truckers but to all motorists.