In 2015, we recommended that accident towing and storage fees should continue to be regulated in the Melbourne controlled area.
Accident towing and storage economic regulation review 2015
This review considered three key regulation matters related to regular and heavy vehicle accident towing:
- Should fees be regulated?
- Are the existing boundaries of the Melbourne controlled and Geelong self-management areas appropriate?
- Should accident towing jobs should be allocated, or should operators should be free to compete for towing jobs?
We made a number of final recommendations to the Minister for Finance on accident towing regulation, including:
- that fees should continue to be regulated in the Melbourne controlled area and that we should conduct a comprehensive study on revenues and costs in the Geelong self management area
- VicRoads should analyse allocations every three years and measure the performance of the allocation zone boundaries against a proximity-based benchmark (that is, where accident tows are allocated to the nearest depot with a licenced tow truck available)
- the accident allocation scheme should continue in the Melbourne controlled area and the self-managed allocation scheme should continue in Geelong.