Updated regulations for tow truck drivers in WA will come into play from next week.
From November 7, amendments to the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 mean tow truck drivers must disclose the maximum fees that will be charged for the towing, salvage, and storage of a vehicle before the vehicle is towed. They will also be prohibited from charging additional fees that were not disclosed.
The maximum fee must be displayed on the written statement a tow truck driver provides to the person authorising the tow.
Tow truck technical standards have also been updated to reflect current industry practices and contemporary vehicle standards.
Tow trucks will be required to meet these updated technical standards before a vehicle licence can be granted.
To allow the industry time to ensure that currently licensed tow trucks can meet the updated technical standards, the requirement for tow trucks to be inspected annually will not commence until November 7, 2023. After this date, all tow trucks will require an inspection before a licence can be renewed, and annually thereafter.
“The State Government is making progress on its commitment to reform the WA tow truck industry and better protect drivers involved in a crash,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“The requirement to include maximum fees for the towing, salvage, and storage of a vehicle in the tow truck driver’s statement intends to provide price transparency for road users, while the state government works on further reforms to the industry.”