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Rules Advance to Protect Drivers From Towing Ripoffs

Local News, News | May 18, 2007

Rules Advance to Protect Drivers From Towing Ripoffs

New Jersey lawmakers are targeting unscrupulous tow truck operators.     An Assembly panel yesterday passed a measure that would establish minimum standards for tow truck operators statewide, replacing a hodgepodge of municipal and county regulations. It now goes to the full Assembly for a vote.
The proposal has the backing of state Consumer Affairs officials, who fielded 350 towing-related complaints from 2000 to 2005. But lawmakers think that’s a tiny fraction of the number of drivers who have been victimized. The measure would add New Jersey to the states that have moved to stop towing ripoffs. California and New York have instituted minimum standards for tow truck operators and Virginia created a licensing board to oversee the industry.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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