Tow Truck Industry Regulation

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Michael Paterson

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    Michael Paterson

  • Position


  • Organisation

Questions on possible options

  1. Do you think it is appropriate to exclude multi car carriers from the definition of a tow truck?

  2. Do you agree that an applicant must provide proof they have the relevant consent approval for the use of a holding yard?

  3. Do you agree that a tow truck drivers certificate should only be suspended and not revoked for medical reasons or for failure to renew a drivers licence?

  4. Are all of the offences listed in clauses 7 and 16 proportionate to the penalty of automatic revocation if convicted? If so, why?

  5. Do you think any other information should be included in the towing authorisation form?

  6. Is there anything else that should be included in the holding yard provisions to ensure the safety of vehicles?

  7. Do you think the fee unit (0.6 per hour) appropriate for the clean-up of debris from a heavy vehicle accident or accident in non-metropolitan areas, if not why not?

  8. Do you think the tow truck equipment outlined in clause 83 is appropriate for the clean-up of debris?

  9. Do you think that scrap metal operators should be required to keep clean-up equipment in their tow truck?

  10. What is the appropriate amount required for a tow truck operator to begin the process of disposing an unclaimed vehicle?

  11. Do you agree that those who tow recreational vehicles (including caravans) should be exempt from the requirement to be licensed under the Regulation?


  12. Do you agree that mechanics should be allowed to drive a tow truck under the circumstances outlined above?


  13. Do you agree with the proposal to add types of motor vehicles that are allowed to be towed without a licence or driver certificate? What type of equipment should be exempt and why?

  14. Do you think any of the penalties in the Regulation need to be changed? If so why?

    I believe to protect current operators we need to stop towing operations such as 4WD with car trailers from doing commercial work. The current rule of allowing them to tow if the towed vehicle gets on the trailer under it own propulsion leaves a very grey area for example if a vehicle breaks down due to over heating but can still be driven onto a trailer is currently legal how do we prove if that vehicle was winched on or driven on. a change to this will protect the public and legal tow truck operators. My current dealings with Fair Trading has allowed these trailer operations to continue even with multiple complainants.

  15. Do you think it is appropriate to change the CPI fee to be consistent with other Regulation fee calculations in the Customer Service portfolio?

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