Tow Truck Licensing

Update to proposed tow truck licensing by-law

A tow truck licensing by-law was presented at a Special Council Meeting on September 11, 2018. The proposed licensing by-law was intended to regulate towing prices and ensure that only licensed tow truck companies, drivers and vehicle storage yards operate in Oakville.

Town Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process in 2019 on the development of the tow truck licensing by-law. More information relating to public information sessions will be posted as information becomes available.

Review the staff report and by-law in the September 11 Special Council meeting agenda for more information.

Comments?

Please send any comments  to service@oakville.ca.

Background

At the February 26, 2018 Council Meeting, following public concerns, Council directed staff to report back with options for regulating the tow truck industry.

Following Council's direction on June 25, 2018, staff has moved forward with a tow truck licensing program in Oakville. If you are a tow truck driver or owner you will be required to obtain a licence in 2018.

Review the June 25 council agenda, item 10.

An Open House was held on Friday, August 3 to allow for public comment on the proposed Tow Truck Licensing By-Law.  Members of the public and stakeholders from the industry joined staff during this time to learn more about the proposed by-laws and offer comments.  To find out more about the comments made please review the presentation boards with comments.

Tow truck operators provide an essential service to our roadways. Licensing tow truck companies, drivers and their vehicles will help ensure residents have safe, reliable and consistent options after a collision or breakdown and regulate practices and costs related to towing from private property.

Similar to the licensing of other existing industries such as taxis and limousines, annual licensing of tow truck brokers, drivers and their vehicles will help ensure consumer protections and promote safety within the industry.