When Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) introduced his "Parking Bill of Rights" with AB 2586 last month, it included an unreasonable provision that would have had a devastating financial impact on towers in California. The bill would have required towers to provide free towing and storage to vehicle owners when their vehicle was towed for illegal parking if the illegal parking was the result of the vehicle being stolen or other third party criminal activity. CTTA's Towing Regulatory Oversight Council (T-ROC) reacted swiftly and directed CTTA's lobbying team to vigorously oppose the bill. In the weeks leading up to the bill's upcoming hearing date before the Assembly Transportation Committee on April 4th, CTTA, along with the United Coalition for Motor Club Safety (UCMCS) and the Los Angeles Official Police Garages (OPGs), worked tirelessly together at the Capitol to convince the Legislature and committee staff that passing this painful financial burden onto the towing industry - when the underlying criminal activity was no fault of their own - was irrational and unfair.
We are pleased to report that Assembly Member Gatto has just agreed to remove this offensive towing provision from his bill. We applaud him for recognizing the unjustified negative impact this provision would have had on the small businesses in our industry.
Thank you for your ongoing support of CTTA as it continues to fight these battles at the Capitol on your behalf.