STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1118-20
RE: S.B. No. 2384
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Transportation and Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2384, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES,"
beg leave to report as follows:
(1) Require certain tow operators to provide to a disabled vehicle's driver a written disclosure of certain information and an itemization of charges before attaching a disabled vehicle to the tow truck under certain circumstances;
(2) Authorize any vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident that cannot be moved under its own power or is otherwise disabled to be towed away at the expense of the registered owner of the vehicle; and
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc.; American Property Casualty Insurance Association; National Insurance Crime Bureau; AAA Hawaii; and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Hawaii Insurers Council.
Your Committees find that some towing companies deliberately overcharge consumers for towing services, expecting either the vehicle owner or their insurance company to pay an exorbitant amount in order to retrieve the vehicle. This measure seeks to prevent such abuse without confusing consumers and possibly binding insurers to pay unreasonably high expenses.
(1) Deleting language that would require certain tow operators to provide to a disabled vehicle's driver a written disclosure of certain information and an itemization of charges before attaching a disabled vehicle to the tow truck under certain circumstances;
(2) Specifying the applicable towing and storage fees for towing a motor vehicle that is involved in an accident and cannot be moved under its own power or is otherwise disabled and constitutes an obstruction or hazard to traffic, but has not been ordered to be towed by the police department;
(3) Exempting automobile clubs or towing companies operating under a contract with an insurer or motor vehicle manufacturer from motor vehicle towing and storage requirements; and
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation and Consumer Protection & Commerce that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2384, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2384, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair
HENRY J.C. AQUINO, Chair