On July 1, 2008, the Illinois Commercial Safety Towing LawExternal Link("Law"), 625 ILCS 5/18d, became effective. This new Law imposes safety measures on tow companies conducting damaged or disabled vehicle relocations from private or public property.

The Safety Towing Law regulates all damaged or disabled vehicle relocations conducted in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Winnebago counties. The Law applies to all Illinois Safety Relocators, regardless of where their base of operation is located, if a damaged or disabled vehicle relocation is performed in the 5 regulated counties.

According to Section 18d-115 of the Law, commercial vehicle safety relocators that conduct damaged or disabled vehicle relocations in the above named counties are required to register with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Disclosure forms required by the Law must be approved by the Commission. To assist commercial vehicle safety relocators, the Illinois Commerce Commission has developed pre-tow disclosure and complaint forms. If commercial vehicle safety relocators use these forms, they do not need to seek Commission approval prior to use. Please note, the use of these pre-approved forms is not required. However, if a commercial vehicle safety relocator wishes to use an alternate form, as stated above, it must be approved by the Commission before use. Duplication and printing of the required forms are the responsibility of the commercial vehicle relocators.