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Towing Carriers

Title 40, Article 10.1, C.R.S. governs the Commission's role in the regulation of Towing Carriers. Towing Carriers are subject to permit, rate (nonconsensual tows only), insurance, and bonding requirements.

The applicable governing statutes are summarized immediately below.

1.   Set rates for nonconsensual tows. Section 40-10.1-106, C.R.S.

2.   Issue permits to operate. Section 40-10.1-401, C.R.S.

  • A towing carrier permit is required for those who operate in intrastate commerce. Section 40-10.1-401(1)(a), C.R.S. ( Private carriers are not required to have a towing permit.)
  • The Commission shall issue a permit upon completion of an application, filing of proof of workers' compensation insurance coverage, the filing of proof of a surety bond, and the filing of proof of commercial liability insurance, cargo insurance, and if applicable, garage keepers insurance. Section 40-10.1-401(3)(a), C.R.S.
  • The Commission may deny an application:
    • of a person who has within the immediately preceding 5 years been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony (40-10.1-401(2), C.R.S.); or
    • of a motor carrier whose permit has been revoked for cause more than twice. Upon the third revocation, this carrier is not eligible for a permit for two years. Section 40-10.1-112(4), C.R.S. (Note: "revoked for cause" does not include revocation for failure to carry the required insurance.)

3.    Take enforcement actions. Section 40-10.1-112, C.R.S. Upon notice to the carrier and proof of violation the Commission may take action against a towing carrier for the following reasons:

  • Violation of the Article (10.1 of Title 40)
  • Violation of the terms or conditions of the permit
  • Exceeding the authority granted by the permit
  • Violation of or refusal to observe a proper order of, or rule of the Commission.
  • Violations of the abandon motor vehicle statutes, Parts 18 or 21 of Article 4, Title 42.

4.    Establish annual filing fees. Section 40-10.1-111(1)(c). The filing fee for a permit to operate under part 4 of this article (Towing) is one hundred fifty dollars.

5.    Establish annual motor vehicle fees. Section 40-10.1-111(1)(f). Annually, the Commission administratively sets the annual fee for each motor vehicle a carrier owns, controls, operates or manages.

 

Towing Carrier New Permit Application pdf file  

Annual Vehicle Inspection Report pdf file

Tow Charge Notification Form word document

Towed Vehicle Release Form pdf file

 

 

 
 
 

Maximum Mileage Charge Adjustment for Non-Consensual Tow

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission adjusts monthly the maximum mileage charge a towing carrier may charge for nonconsensual tows of vehicles with a gross weight of less than 10,000 lbs. This allowable charge is based on the United States Department of Energy “weekly retail on-highway diesel prices” for the Rocky Mountain Region. It is adjusted monthly.

The base rate, maximum surcharge, and maximum rate are shown below.


Month Base Rate
per laden mile
Maximum Surcharge
per laden mile
Maximum Charge
per laden mile
Apr 2014 $3.80 $0.53 $4.33
Mar 2014 $3.80 $0.49 $4.29
Feb 2014 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Jan 2014 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Dec 2013 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
Nov 2013 $3.80 $0.48 $4.28
Oct 2013 $3.80 $0.50 $4.30
Sept 2013 $3.80 $0.49 $4.29
Aug 2013 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
July 2013 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Jun 2013 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
May 2013 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Apr 2013 $3.80 $0.52 $4.32
Mar 2013 $3.80 $0.51 $4.31
Feb 2013 $3.80 $0.40 $4.20
Jan 2013 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Dec 2012 $3.80 $0.56 $4.36
Nov 2012 $3.80 $0.60 $4.40
Oct 2012 $3.80 $0.61 $4.41
Sep 2012 $3.80 $0.52 $4.32
Aug 2012 $3.80 $0.41 $4.21
Jul 2012 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
Jun 2012 $3.80 $0.52 $4.32
May 2012 $3.80 $0.56 $4.36
Apr 2012 $3.80 $0.55 $4.35
Mar 2012 $3.80 $0.47 $4.27
Feb 2012 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
Jan 2012 $3.80 $0.50 $4.30
Dec 2011 $3.80 $0.55 $4.35
Nov 2011 $3.80 $0.48 $4.28
Oct 2011 $3.80 $0.48 $4.28
Sep 2011 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
Aug 2011 $3.80 $0.46 $4.26
Jul 2011 $3.80 $0.51 $4.31
Jun 2011 $3.80 $0.56 $4.36
May 2011 $3.80 $0.56 $4.36
Apr 2011 $3.80 $0.48 $4.28
Mar 2011 $3.80 $0.35 $4.15
Feb 2011 $3.80 $0.28 $4.08
Jan 2011 $3.80 $0.25 $4.05

 

 

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