MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed a proposal sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) to increase drivers’ safety by expediting the process of removing wrecked or abandoned commercial vehicles from roadways.
Senate Bill 201 streamlines the removal of commercial vehicles from roadways by establishing a protocol state troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) can follow when managing a commercial vehicle accident.
“After speaking with both state troopers and towing companies, it became clear we need additional rules and regulations ALEA can follow when managing accidents involving large commercial vehicles,” Reed said.
“We have all been in situations on the highway where a commercial accident has brought traffic to a standstill. Now, we will have a much better process to protect the public by quickly and safely clearing roadways of accidents, while also providing legal protections for both towing and commercial transportation companies as they provide their services,” Reed observed.
Reed’s measure protects property owners by outlining a fair resolution process for commercial truck owners when a towing company’s fees and charges are disputed
“I want to thank Senator Reed for sponsoring this legislation that puts state troopers in a better position to do our jobs to protect the public on the highways of Alabama,” said Secretary of ALEA Stan Stabler.
The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.