In January 2016, new state requirements became effective as a result of passage of California Assembly Bill 1222. The new law requires specific documentation and record keeping between a tow company and any business such as a dealership, body shop, or mechanic that takes possession of a towed vehicle. DropClaim.com (patent pending) is a web-based mobile app that allows affected industries to comply with the new law using their laptop, smartphone, or desktop computer while securely protecting any private information included in the transfer of a vehicle.
"ADD is constantly looking at legislation affecting the industries we serve," said Jim Taylor, C.E.O. "Our focus since the company was founded in 1999 is to provide effective solutions to both industry and government to comply with regulations at the state and federal level." Taylor said that when AB 1222 was signed into law, his team began looking for a way to address the tow industry's number one concern of having to transfer a wrecker operator's driver's license number to the claimant. "Not only were we able to develop a process of encrypting that protected information, we can now offer a paperless and secure system for both the tow (Drop) company, and the receiver of the vehicle (Claim) which archives the transaction electronically."
The new law specifically requires tow operators to document information about each vehicle towed, the towing company, the tow truck driver, and the drop-off location. Businesses receiving the vehicle must affirm receipt of each vehicle and maintain the documentation once the vehicle is claimed. Willful violation of the new law can result in a fine of up to $2,500, up to three months in jail, or both.
DropClaim.com offers the tow or wrecker company a secure process to protect personal data, the ability to populate the required information in a 'drop document' automatically, and create an Express Claim code that is transferred to the claimant by scanning a QR code with a smart phone.
For the claimant, it allows for verification of vehicle information prior to confirming receipt of the vehicle, allows for paperless receipt of the vehicle through the QR code, and can provide an online manifest of claimed vehicles for a monthly fee. Claimant services, without the manifest, are free.
For more information, visit www.DropClaim.com.