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NICB Commends Hawaii Senate Transportation Committee for Passing Towing Legislation

Thursday, February 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: IASIU Staff
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February 6, 2020
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NICB Commends Hawaii Senate Transportation Committee for Passing Towing Legislation  

DES PLAINES, Ill.— Howard Handler, government affairs director for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), issued the following statement in response to the Senate Transportation Committee’s passage of Senate Bill 2384.  

“Unfortunately, Hawaii is one of several states where we are seeing an uptick in rogue tow truck drivers arriving, unsolicited, at the scene of an accident and presenting themselves as an immediate solution to moving your vehicle from the scene.  Many drivers, understandably shaken by the experience, might agree to the tow without thinking of the consequences. Unfortunately, that is often too late.  Once they get your vehicle on the hook and tow it to the storage yard you can be “on the hook” for  thousands of dollars in towing and storage fees before you get your vehicle back. 

“This bill is a step in the right direction requiring towers to provide, prior to an accident scene tow, a written estimate. Without a written estimate, some towers have been known to charge motorists or their insurers exorbitant fees, in the many thousands of dollars, for a few-mile tow, and hold the car hostage (with incurring storage fees) until it is paid. 

“NICB will continue to work with lawmakers in the House and Senate to stop this type of abuse on consumers.”  

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REPORT FRAUD: Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website. 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,400 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 92 percent ($254 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.  

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