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SENATE BILL NO. 296
INTRODUCED BY E. BUTTREY
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING THE CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS FOR TOW TRUCKS; ALLOWING A TOW TRUCK OPERATOR TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITH EXISTING CLASSIFIED EQUIPMENT UNTIL EQUIPMENT IS REPLACED; AND AMENDING SECTION 61-8-905, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 61-8-905, MCA, is amended to read:
"61-8-905. Classification standards. (1) Commercial tow trucks are divided into the following five classes based on the manufacturer's rating:
(a) Class A tow truck equipment must have a minimum manufacturer's boom or combined boom rating of 4 tons and must be mounted on a straight truck chassis with a minimum manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 14,500 pounds gross vehicle weight.
(b) Class B tow truck equipment must have a minimum manufacturer's boom or combined boom rating of 8 tons and must be mounted on a straight truck chassis with a minimum manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
(c) Class C tow truck equipment must have a minimum manufacturer's boom or combined boom rating of 16 20 tons and must be mounted on a straight truck chassis that has a minimum manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of 32,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
(d) Class D tow truck equipment includes manufactured rollbacks and car carriers with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight ratings of 10,000 18,000 pounds and over. The rollbacks and car carriers must be mounted on a truck-trailer straight truck chassis that, at a minimum, is equal to the minimum gross weight of the rollback or car carrier. Class D also includes any piece of towing equipment without a boom.
(e) Class E includes two or more tow trucks working together with a combined manufacturer's rating of a minimum of 80,000 pounds with access to supportive equipment, such as forklifts, banders, and air bags, for the recovery of rollovers and wrecked, disabled, and abandoned vehicles whose and when cargo requires special handling. Class E refers to tow truck companies and not to tow truck equipment.
(2) An operator of noncommercially manufactured or modified tow truck equipment in use on October 1, 1995, that wishes to participate in the law enforcement rotation system must have its equipment classified by the department within a time period set by the department. Once the equipment is classified, further modifications may not be made.
(3) An operator of new noncommercially manufactured or modified tow truck equipment must have its equipment independently certified before participating in the law enforcement rotation system. Once the equipment is classified, further modifications to the equipment must be recertified.
(4) A commercial tow truck operator whose equipment is classified under this section before [the effective date of this act] may continue to operate with the existing classified equipment. Equipment acquired on or after [the effective date of this act] must be classified in accordance with subsection (1)."
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