TASK FORCE TO STUDY MOTOR-VEHICLE TOWING PRACTICES


[photo, Motor Vehicle Administration, 6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Glen Burnie, Maryland] c/o Motor Vehicle Administration, Dept. of Transportation
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Glen Burnie, MD 21062
(410) 768-7566
e-mail: pdacey@marylandmva.com


Motor Vehicle Administration, 6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Glen Burnie, Maryland, October 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Joseph L. Nagro, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: R. Bruce Campbell; Howard B. Hall; Larry E. Hinton; Katherine Kelly Howard; Raymond F. Leard; G. Lea Reed; Cornelius W. Scott; Rosemunde Goode Smith.

Appointed by Senate President: Catherine E. Pugh

Appointed by House Speaker: Cheryl D. Glenn

Appointed by Motor Vehicle Administrator: Deborah A. Rogers

Representing Maryland Association of Counties: David Ennis; Richard Truitt

Representing Maryland Municipal League: John Moss; Joseph L. Nagro

Representing Maryland Retailers Association: Jeff Zelmer

Representing Maryland Bankers Association: Steven Gormont

Representing Maryland Automobile Dealers Association: Travis Martz

Representing Apartment & Office Building Association: Lesa N. Hoover, Esq.

Representing Maryland Auto & Truck Recyclers Association: James G. Gosnell, Jr.

Representing American Automobile Association (Maryland Branch): Glenn Yarbrough

Representing Towing & Recovery Professionals of Maryland: Paula M. Protani; Fred Scheler

Staff: Philip A. Dacey

In June 1, 2008, the Task Force to Study Motor-Vehicle Towing Practices was established (Chapter 514, Acts of 2008). The Task Force studied the current State and local laws governing towing practices, storage, and disposal of towed vehicles. It considered whether a State licensure or registration program for the towing industry would be beneficial and cost effective. The Task Force also examined issues relating to notices given by: a private property owner to a motor vehicle owner prior to towing the vehicle; a police department to the vehicle owner, secured party, or insurer of an abandoned vehicle in police custody; and a private tower to the owner, secured party, or insurer of a towed vehicle in the private tower's possession, as well as notice to the local police department. In addition, the Task Force considered State preemption of local authority over towing or removing motor vehicles.

The Task Force reported to the Governor and General Assembly in December 2009. Authorization for the Task Force extended through December 31, 2009 (Chapter 704, Acts of 2009).

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