Florida Senate - 2017                              CS for SB 282
       By the Committee on Community Affairs; and Senator Steube
       578-02733-17                                           2017282c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to towing and storage fees; amending
    3         s. 323.002, F.S.; prohibiting counties and
    4         municipalities from imposing additional charges,
    5         costs, expenses, fines, fees, or penalties on a
    6         registered owner or lienholder of a vehicle; providing
    7         an exception; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (5) is added to section 323.002,
   12  Florida Statutes, to read:
   13         323.002 County and municipal wrecker operator systems;
   14  penalties for operation outside of system.—
   15         (5)(a)Except as provided in paragraph (b), a county or
   16  municipality may not adopt or maintain in effect an ordinance or
   17  rule that imposes a charge, cost, expense, fine, fee, or
   18  penalty, other than the reasonable costs of towing and storage
   19  incurred by an authorized wrecker operator, on the registered
   20  owner or lienholder of a vehicle removed and impounded by an
   21  authorized wrecker operator under this chapter.
   22         (b)A county or municipality may impose a reasonable fee or
   23  charge for towing and storage expenses, not to exceed the
   24  maximum rates approved by ordinance or rule under s. 125.0103 or
   25  s. 166.043, on the legal owner of a vehicle if a county or
   26  municipal law enforcement officer has caused the owner’s vehicle
   27  to be towed to and impounded at a facility owned by the county
   28  or municipality.
   29         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.