Bill Summary for H 626 (2013-2014)

Summary date: 

Jun 12 2013
S.L. 2013-241

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 626 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN TOWED AT THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON OTHER THAN THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF THE VEHICLE.
Intro. by Moffitt.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Changes the long title.

Deletes all of the provisions of the previous edition.

Enacts GS 20-219.20 in new Article 7A, of GS Chapter 20, titled Notification of Towing, requiring a tower that is towing a vehicle at the request of a person other than the owner or operator to provide the following information to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction before moving the vehicle:

(1) a description of the vehicle,

(2) the place the vehicle was towed from,                                                 

(3) the place where the vehicle will be stored, and                                           

(4) the contact information for the person from whom the vehicle owner may retrieve the vehicle.

Provides that if the vehicle is impeding the flow of traffic or otherwise jeopardizing the public welfare so that immediate towing is necessary, the notice to the local law enforcement agency can be provided within 30 minutes of moving the vehicle rather than before moving the vehicle. If a caller to the local law enforcement agency can provide the information required under (1) and (2) found above, then the local law enforcement agency must provide to the caller the information provided under (3) and (4). Requires the local law enforcement agency to keep the information required under this subsection for no less than 30 days from the date on which the tower provided the information. Provides that the above provisions will not apply to vehicles that are towed at the direction of a law enforcement officer or to vehicles removed from a private lot where signs are posted in accordance to GS 20-219.2(a). Provides for a $100 fine for a violation of the above provisions.

Amends 20-219.2, Removal of unauthorized vehicles from private lots, requiring that the signs required to be posted pursuant to this section must be legible and at all entrances. Also provides that the provisions of the statute are not effective until 72 hours after the required signs are posted.

Provides that the act is effective December 1, 2013, and applies to violations committed on or after that date.

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