Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
For Immediate Release
OOIDA disappointed with Missouri governor's veto of towing reform
(Grain Valley, Mo., July 16, 2019)–Despite the fact that Missouri lawmakers sought to protect truckers from unscrupulous towing and recovery companies, Governor Mike Parson halted that effort in one stroke of a pen by vetoing SB 147. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which supported bill, was incensed that the governor would oppose a measure intended to protect truckers from outrageous and excessive nonconsensual tow bills.
The bill contained towing reform provisions to address nonconsensual tows for commercial motor vehicles. Nonconsensual tows are situations where a trucker is involved in an accident and law enforcement dispatches a towing company. During a nonconsensual tow, there’s no opportunity for truckers to negotiate services and compare prices among multiple operators.
Invoices can be excessive by tens of thousands of dollars.
“It’s been a serious problem for a long time, not just in Missouri, but also nationwide,” said Mike Matousek, Manager of Government Affairs at OOIDA. “The Missouri legislature did its part, but unfortunately Governor Parson failed, and in doing so denied truckers traveling through the state reasonable consumer protections that many other states already have in place.”
The bill would have created a Towing Task Force that would have brought together state agencies, the legislature and the trucking and towing industries to develop recommendations for addressing numerous problems affiliated with a nonconsensual tow.
“We’ll continue to work with Tom Crawford at the Missouri Trucking Association, Missouri State Senator Lincoln Hough and Missouri State Representative Nate Tate on this issue. They’ve been great partners and we’re all committed to getting something done, it’s just going to take longer than we hoped thanks to Governor Parson’s veto,” said Matousek.
SB147 did not impact consensual agreements between a towing company and a commercial motor vehicle operator, nor does it exclude the towing industry from being part of the solution.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the largest national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 160,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area.