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Friday, March 26, 2010

PA Lawmakers Spar Over Towing Legislation

Here's the story from KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia:

The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would establish standards for tow truck operators in Pennsylvania.

The bill would, among other things, require operators to clearly disclose towing and storage fees, and would require that towing at the scene of an accident or disabled vehicle be provided only if an operator is summed by the owner or by authorities. Allegheny County Democrat Tony DeLuca is the sponsor of the bill:

“This is a consumer piece of legislation. I think we’ve got to be more concerned about the consumers.”

But Chester and Delaware County Republican Steve Barrar claimed that the insurance industry is among those calling it a consumer-friendly bill:

“Let me tell you, when the Insurance Federation comes to this chamber and supports a consumer friendly bill, it’ll be a very cold day in this chamber and somewhere else.”

Barrar claims the bill turns the towing industry over to the insurance industry.

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