Oregon Statutes - Chapter 822 - Regulation of Vehicle Related Businesses - Section 822.230 - City or county regulation of towing businesses.

(1) Notwithstanding ORS 822.200 to 822.225, and except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a city or county may, by charter or ordinance, regulate towing businesses if the city or county charter or ordinance provisions pertain only to towing authorized by ORS 98.812 and the provisions:

(a) Regulate an aspect of a towing business that is not regulated by ORS 822.200 to 822.225; or

(b) Regulate an aspect of the towing business that is regulated by ORS 822.200 to 822.225 and the provisions of the charter or ordinance are more stringent than those of the statutes.

(2) This section does not authorize imposition of any license fee or tax on a towing business by a city or county.

(3) The governing body of a city or county may adopt ordinances that include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:

(a) That towing businesses accept methods of payment other than and in addition to cash.

(b) That towing businesses post fees in a conspicuous place at the location of the towed vehicles.

(c) That any posted signs that warn of the possibility of towing or that give information about recovery of a towed vehicle be prominently displayed and show the fees charged to recover a towed vehicle.

(d) That towing businesses offer transportation at a reasonable cost from within the immediate vicinity of the place from which the vehicle was towed to the towed vehicle.

(e) That towing businesses establish locations for towed vehicles in such a way that no vehicle will be towed a greater distance than is necessary and reasonable.

(f) That towed vehicles be stored in a public location that has at least one attendant on duty at all times. [1987 c.765 §2]

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