Chapter 46.55 RCW

TOWING AND IMPOUNDMENT

Sections
Definitions.
TOW TRUCK OPERATORSREGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Registration requiredPenalty.
Registration or insurance requiredPenalty.
ApplicationContents, bond, insurance, fee, certificate.
Prohibited actsPenalty.
Compensation for private impounds.
Permit requiredInspections of equipment and facilities.
Classification of trucksMarking requirementsTime and place of inspectionPenalty.
Business locationRequirements.
Fees, schedules, contracts, invoices.
IMPOUNDING UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES
Posting requirementsException.
Law enforcement impoundRequired form, procedures.
Law enforcement impound, private impoundMaster logCertain associations restricted.
Law enforcement impoundUnauthorized vehicle in right-of-way.
Storage, return requirementsPersonal propertyCombination endorsement for tow truck driversViewing impounded vehicle.
Impound noticeAbandoned vehicle reportOwner information, liabilityDisposition report.
Responsibility of registered ownerBuyer and seller remedies.
Notice to legal and registered owners.
Removal by police officerDefinition.
State patrolAppointment of towing operatorsLien for costsAppeal.
Impounds under RCW 64.44.050.
Rate, fee limitations for certain private impounds.
REDEMPTION RIGHTS AND HEARING PROCEDURES
Redemption of vehiclesSale of unredeemed propertyImproper impoundment.
Notice requirementsPublic auctionAccumulation of storage charges.
Operator's lien, deficiency claim, liability.
RECORDS, INSPECTIONS, AND ENFORCEMENT
Vehicle transaction file.
Availability of records, equipment, and facilities for audit and inspection.
Complaints, where forwarded.
Presiding officer at licensing hearing.
Rules.
Penalties for certain acts or omissions.
Cease and desist order.
Refusal to issue license, grounds for.
JUNK VEHICLE DISPOSITION
Junk vehiclesRemoval, disposal, salePenaltiesCleanup restitution payment.
LOCAL REGULATION
Local ordinancesRequirements.
VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION
Vehicle immobilization.
IMPOUNDMENT AFTER ARREST FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
FindingsIntent.
Impoundment, when requiredLaw enforcement powers, duties, and liability immunityRedemption, when, by whomOperator liability immunityDefinition.
Law enforcement liability immunityReasonable suspicion.
MISCELLANEOUS
Headings not part of law1985 c 377.
Effective date1985 c 377.
Chapter not applicable to certain activities of department of transportation.
NOTES:
Removal of unattended vehicle from highway: RCW 46.61.590.
Riding in towed vehicles: RCW 46.61.625.
Safety chains for towing: RCW 46.37.495.
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