Policy and Purpose
(1)To further the Oregon State Police’s interest in the prompt and orderly removal of disabled or abandoned vehicles from the highways of the State of Oregon, and to meet the towing needs of the Department, the Department has established a non-preference tow program as defined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 257-050-0020 (Policy and Purpose) to 257-050-0200 (Mandatory Equipment Standards for Tow Trucks/Safety Related Requirements). The program, in part, consists of a non-preference tow rotational list comprised of qualified tow businesses. The non-preference tow rotational list is computer generated and does not favor any one qualified tow business. The non-preference tow rotational list is not a guarantee of business to the towing industry by the Department. Qualified tow businesses participating in the non-preference tow rotational list understand that they may be called upon to conduct vehicle tows at the operational need of the Oregon State Police, as may be determined by the requesting State Police Officer or Department member.
(2)Because the non-preference tow rotational list is designed to meet the towing needs of the Department, tow businesses do not need to be on the list to conduct business with the general public in the State of Oregon.
(3)The Oregon State Police do not charge any fees to the owner or driver of a vehicle towed under its non-preference tow program. Therefore, the Department does not require any qualified tow business participating in the non-preference tow rotational list to charge any fees to the owner or driver of a vehicle towed under the Department’s non-preference tow program. Accordingly, the Department shall not establish, recommend, or in any way dictate the cost of a non-preference tow conducted by a qualified tow business under the Department’s non-preference tow program. It is also the policy of the Department that qualified tow businesses that participate in the Department’s non-preference tow rotational program shall not represent to any person or business that a particular fee has been or will be charged by the Oregon State Police.
(4)Qualified tow businesses called upon by the Oregon State Police to conduct non-preference tows must reflect the highest standards of professionalism. Qualified tow businesses that, through their conduct or actions, abuse the non-preference tow system or the integrity, trust or security of the Oregon State Police shall be removed from the non-preference tow rotational list through the suspension and/ or revocation processes.
Rule 257-050-0020 — Policy and Purpose,