SECTION 1. Said chapter 159B is hereby amended by inserting after section 6B the following section:-
Section 6B½. (a) For the purposes of this section, the term “department” shall mean the department of public utilities. A person with a principal place of business in the commonwealth shall not engage in the consensual and voluntary towing of motor vehicles within the commonwealth without a certificate issued and annually renewed by the department; provided, however, that a membership service organization with more than 1,000,000 members that provide towing services through company-owned vehicles or contracts with tow companies shall not be subject to this section.
(b) A person seeking to engage in the consensual and voluntary towing of motor vehicles shall apply for a certificate from the department. Such application shall be in a form prescribed by the department. A certificate to provide towing services shall not be issued until a tow company or sole operator meets the following requirements: (i) provides proof of insurance prescribed by the department, to the department; (ii) submits a certificate fee, as determined by the secretary of administration and finance under section 3B of chapter 7; and (iii) meets the public safety requirements prescribed by the department.
(c) The commissioner of public utilities shall promulgate regulations necessary for the implementation and administration of this section.
SECTION 2. The department of public utilities shall promulgate the regulations pursuant to subsection (c) of section 6B½ of chapter 159B of the General Laws within 12 months of the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. A person engaged in the consensual and voluntary towing of motor vehicles shall comply with the requirements section 6B½ of chapter 159B of the General Laws within 12 months of the promulgation of regulations by the department of public utilities.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.