New Legislation would Protect Consumers and Regulate Towing Industry

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Member of Provincial Parliament David Zimmer
introduced a Private Members Bill in the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday to
regulate the towing industry. "The Towing Industry Act 2008" establishes a
self-regulatory framework and sets out consumer protection measures including
standards and reasonable pricing for consumers.
    "The currently uncontrolled costs of towing and associated accident
services would be reduced if the province put into practice specific consumer
protection measures to deal with the inconsistent practices of tow truck
companies," explained David Zimmer, MPP.
    "This legislation will eliminate the barriers imposed by costly municipal
licenses," explained Doug Nelson, CEO of the Ontario Recovery Group (ORG)
Inc., and Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) Inc. "It will also promote a
higher standard of training, and provide better monitoring of prices charged
to consumers."
    "Insurance Bureau of Canada congratulates MPP David Zimmer on this bill,
which will protect Ontarians from any unreasonable costs and practices of
vehicle towing and storage operations. This legislation is a huge first step
in protecting consumers through higher standards and reasonable pricing," said
Don Forgeron, Vice President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada.
    There are currently no provincial regulations to oversee towing industry
practices in Ontario. This legislation, if passed, would be the first of its
kind in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Lauren Consky, Office of David Zimmer, MPP for
Willowdale, (416) 327-4516

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