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PDFWAC 308-61-158

Storage of vehicles.

How must the registered tow truck operator handle stored vehicles?
(1) Handling and returning vehicles in substantially the same condition means that vehicles are to be handled with care so that their value is not diminished. The operator must not remove parts or equipment which are affixed to the vehicle.
(2) A vehicle being held for storage by agreement or being held under police authority, other than a suspended license impound, or pursuant to a writ or court order shall not be considered abandoned, nor shall it be processed as such. Any storage fees accrued while under agreement or under police hold, other than a suspended license impound, or pursuant to a writ or court order, shall not be included in the abandoned vehicle lien. Upon the expiration of a storage agreement, the lifting of a police hold other than a suspended license impound, or when the writ or court order is no longer in effect, the operator must begin the unauthorized abandoned vehicle processing, including the notification to vehicle owners by first class mail within twenty-four hours.
(3) When vehicles are stored pursuant to a writ or court order, the operator must keep evidence of the inception and termination dates of the writ or court order in the vehicle transaction file.
(4) When a vehicle is being held pursuant to a suspended license impound, and the vehicle is not redeemed even after the payment of a security deposit, and upon expiration of the hold, the operator must send the notice provided in RCW 46.55.110(2) and schedule its auction accordingly.
(5) Vehicles in the custody of an operator must be kept entirely within a secure area owned or operated under that registration.
(6) An operator must not charge for relocating vehicles between separate secure storage areas which he/she owns or operates.
(7) A vehicle's owner or agent may request that the operator store personal belongings from their vehicle for a period of thirty days from the date of signing a personal belongings storage request form. The personal belongings storage request form shall contain the requestor's vehicle identification number, license plate number, make, model, and year. The form shall also contain the RTTO company's name, street address, city, state and zip code where the personal belongings will be stored, the requestor's name and signature, and the date the request form was signed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.55.190 and 2019 c 401. WSR 19-19-039, § 308-61-158, filed 9/12/19, effective 10/13/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.55.190. WSR 02-20-035, § 308-61-158, filed 9/24/02, effective 10/25/02; WSR 00-01-058, § 308-61-158, filed 12/10/99, effective 1/10/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.55.190, 46.80.140 and 46.79.080. WSR 88-06-025 (Order DLR 164), § 308-61-158, filed 2/25/88. Statutory Authority: Chapter 46.55 RCW. WSR 86-03-011 (Order DLR-088), § 308-61-158, filed 1/6/86.]
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