Transportation Legislation Review Committee. Currently, when an abandoned motor vehicle has been towed, the responsible law enforcement agency and tow operator notify the department of revenue, which searches its records to determine who owns the vehicle and if there is a lienholder. This information is used to return stolen vehicles and to notify the owner and any lienholder that the vehicle will be sold at an auction if it is not claimed. The bill broadens the records used in the search to include those that can be obtained through a national title search.
The bill also extends the period for a tow operator to notify the owner and any lienholder from three days to five days.