Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu (jonriki) wrote,
Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu
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Final Reading Written Remarks on H.B. 2954, S.D. 1 Relating Towing Companies

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Final Reading Written Remarks

House Bill 2954, Senate Draft 1

Prohibits a towing company from charging the owner of a vehicle hooked up for towing if the owner of the vehicle appears on the scene.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

 

            I rise in support.

 

            I want to thank Speaker Emeritus Joseph M. Souki for inserting language into this bill to address a concern of a resident of Hawai'i who contacted me explaining how he disliked the fact that a towing company can charge an owner of a vehicle that is hooked up for towing even if the owner of the vehicle appears on the scene.  This bill would amend the current law by prohibiting a towing company from charging the owner of a vehicle hooked up for towing if the owner of the vehicle appears on the scene.  In the case of a difficult hookup, meaning an above or below ground hookup in a multilevel facility, a towing surcharge of $30 is applicable.

 

            In addition, this bill encourages towing companies to be open twenty-four hours a day in a county with a population greater than five hundred thousand by allowing an overtime charge of $15 when the tow occurs between the hours of six o'clock P.M. and six o'clock A.M., from Monday through Thursday and from six o'clock P.M. Friday to six o'clock A.M. Monday.

 

            Any towing company engaged in towing in a county with a population greater than five hundred thousand shall not be entitled to any overtime charge if towing services to consumers are not offered twenty-four hours per day every day of the week; provided that a towing company shall file their hours of operation with the police department in a county with a population greater than five hundred thousand.

 

            Thank you.

 

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