ORS 822.200¹
Operating illegal towing business
  • exceptions
  • penalties

(1) A person commits the offense of operating an illegal towing business if the person does not hold a certificate issued under ORS 822.205 (Certificate) and the person does any of the following:

(a) Engages in the towing or recovering of vehicles by any means for any direct or indirect compensation when the vehicle being towed or recovered is owned by a person other than the person performing the towing or recovery activity.

(b) Engages in towing or recovering by any means, as part of any business operation of the person, vehicles that are wrecked, damaged, disabled or abandoned or replacement vehicles.

(c) Purports in any way to be engaged in the business of performing activities described in this subsection.

(2) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(a) Persons operating under and within the scope of a vehicle transporter certificate issued under ORS 822.310 (Privileges granted by certificate).

(b) A person who provides assistance to another motorist, whether or not compensation is received, if the assistance is not provided as part of the business operation of the person providing the assistance.

(c) A person engaging in any activity relating to a vehicle in which that person holds a security interest.

(d) An employee of a person issued a towing business certificate under ORS 822.205 (Certificate) while that employee is performing official duties as an employee.

(e) A person who holds a valid dismantler certificate under ORS 822.110 (Dismantler certificate) who tows a vehicle described under ORS 819.280 (Disposal of vehicle at request of person in lawful possession).

(3) The offense described in this section, operating an illegal towing business, is a Class A misdemeanor. [1983 c.338 §811; 1985 c.16 §410; 2005 c.738 §§6,6a]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 822—Regulation of Vehicle Related Businesses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors822.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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