Tow Truck Licensing

On June 25, Council approved a Tow Truck Licensing By-law and Storage Yard Licensing By-law (amendment to Licensing by-law 2015-075). Please refer to the Special Council Meeting Agenda for more information.

The tow truck licensing by-law will regulate regulate the fees charged when a vehicle is towed from private property without the owner’s consent, and ensure that only licensed tow truck owners and vehicle storage yards operate in Oakville.

Under the tow truck licensing by-law, company owners will be required to license their trucks in order to operate in Oakville. The owners will be required to oversee their drivers and manage all required documentation relating to drivers and trucks.

Storage yard licensing will require any storage yard that is storing vehicles to obtain a license.

Licensing of both tow trucks and storage yards will come into effect on January 1, 2020.

More information relating to application requirements, registration dates, etc will be available soon.

Background

An open house was held on April 4, 2019 where various members of the towing industry and public were present to discuss the proposed tow truck licensing regulations.

A tow truck licensing by-law was presented at a Special Council Meeting on September 11, 2018. 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.

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

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.