For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2015

CONTACT:

Ian Jannetta (Van Hollen) – (202) 225-5341

Thomas Scanlon (Beyer) – (202) 225-4376

Van Hollen, Beyer Amendment to Stop Predatory Towing Passes House

Included in Surface Transportation Bill Expected To Pass This Week
Washington, DC – Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) secured passage of their amendment to the House Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act to give states and localities full authority to regulate towing.

“Predatory towing practices harm consumers and can lead to real financial pain,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “Local communities should be able to address consumer complaints and crack down on companies that engage in abusive towing practices, and this amendment will give them back that authority.”

“State and local governments provide the best authority to regulate the towing industry and protect our Virginians from unfair, predatory practices,” said Rep. Beyer.  “We need more common-sense, consumer friendly solutions like this amendment to protect our constituents’ wallets.”

In 1994, Congress inadvertently created a loophole that limited state and local regulation of the towing industry. Since then, confusing restrictions and conflicting court rulings have left state and local governments unable to fully protect consumers from predatory towing practices.

Congressman Van Hollen and Congressman Beyer introduced the State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act to restore full authority for regulating unscrupulous towing to state and local governments, who are better-equipped to find the right balance for their communities. This amendment added that legislation to the House transportation bill, which is expected to pass this week.