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16.30.810 Solicitation of Towing Business at Accidents Prohibited.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 165594, effective July 8, 1992.)

A.  Except as otherwise provided herein, no person with a direct or indirect interest in any business engaged in the towing or recovery of motor vehicles for a profit nor any person employed by such a business nor any person receiving any fee or remuneration from such a business, may solicit or attempt to solicit towing business at or near the site of a motor vehicle accident.

B.  The prohibitions set forth in Subsection A do not prohibit any person from providing or offering to provide towing services if:

1.  The services are provided without charge, fee, or other remuneration;

2.  The services are provided or offered at the direction or request of a police officer;

3.  The services have been requested by the owner, operator, or other person in charge of the vehicle by radio or telephone communication or otherwise at a location other than the accident site; or

4.  Allowed by government contract or franchise.

C.  “Solicit or attempt to solicit towing business” means to offer or attempt to offer motor vehicle towing or recovery services for a fee or remuneration.

D.  Violation of subsection A of this section is a traffic infraction, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.