Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4:00 pm ·  0 Comments
Ontario is reminding consumers that, as of January 1, 2017, new requirements are in place for tow truck or vehicle storage services designed to increase transparency and strengthen consumer protection.
The new changes will ensure tow and storage providers:
Sixteen Ontario municipalities currently have by-laws that license towing businesses.
The new rules are being brought forward as a result of changes made by Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act.
Oakville, Ontario is managed by the Halton Regional Police Services which has the following polices regarding Vehicle Towing and Seizure:
As the registered owner and/or driver of a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle collision (MVC), you have the right to have your vehicle towed by the towing company of your choice to the location of your choice.
HRPS officers will continue to respond to collisions where involved vehicle(s) require a tow truck.
If you are involved in a MVC, you will be provided with the following options as they relate to the towing of your vehicle:
Provided that the response time of the towing company is reasonable, you can use the towing company of your choice. This includes agencies such as CAA that have their own authorized towing companies.
The Halton Regional Police Service has authorized a number of towing companies to tow vehicles involved in motor vehicle collisions on your behalf. These companies are assigned to particular accidents and vehicles on a rotational basis and adhere to stringent conditions set out by the HRPS.
Here is an up-to-date listing for HRPS authorized towing companies.
If you are unable to determine the type of tow due to injury or arrest, your vehicle will be seized and towed to a secure compound by an authorized HRPS towing company. You will be issued a vehicle release slip to retrieve your vehicle at a later time.
If Your Vehicle Is Towed
If your motor vehicle is towed to an authorized tow company compound:
If your Vehicle is Towed
If your vehicle is towed as a result of a by-law infraction:
The rates set for towing were part of a tendering process in conjunction with the Region of Halton. Check with your towing company for exact rates and costs.
“Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. By including tow truck operators in the province’s Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration program we are improving road safety and are ensuring that we are effectively monitoring and overseeing operators, ” commented Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation.
The province is also taking action to improve the safety of tow trucks and their operators by including tow trucks in the province’s existing Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration system as of January 1, 2017. This change will improve road safety through government monitoring and enforcement measures.
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