Tuesday, 06 September 2016 19:48

LaCIA Spreads Word About Storage Rate Increases

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On August 9, the Louisiana Collision Industry Association's (LaCIA) executive director, Alysia Hanks, distributed a bulletin to members from the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Louisiana which announced an increase to the storage rates for outside storage, covered storage and oversized storage, previously set at $5 per day. 

The General Order issued by the Transportation Division of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) went into effect on August 5 with all vehicles stored on or after that date incurring charges with the new storage rates. Outside storage rates increased to $24 daily, covered storage rates were bumped up to $28.50 per day, and the new daily fee for oversized storage is $43 per day. 

As part of the new order, the PSC also made additions and clarifications to definitions and added a new requirement for law enforcement officers in charge of an accident scene to certify the use of a rotator. The order also added provisions for oversized debris clean up, as well as an allowance (for medium and heavy duty recoveries only) of $6 per gallon for the use of oil-absorbing materials in excess of the minimum five gallons currently required by LAC Title 55.

Although no additional rate increases were applied to other categories at this time, the PSC will be conducting a statewide audit with an outside consultant for review of current rates, with the potential for further revisions in the near future. A copy of the PSC's new order can be found at www.lpsc.louisiana.gov/regs3_motor.aspx. 

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