2010 Arkansas Code
Title 27 - Transportation
Subtitle 4 - Motor Vehicular Traffic
Chapter 50 - Penalties And Enforcement
Subchapter 12 - Removal of Unattended or Abandoned Vehicles
§ 27-50-1204 - Penalties.

27-50-1204. Penalties.

(a) (1) The owner of a vehicle and the person who left the vehicle unattended or abandoned or any owner or operator waiving an owner's preference shall be liable for all reasonable costs of towing, recovery, storage, and other incidental costs related to such a removal.

(2) If the vehicle is sold by foreclosure under 27-50-1209, the owner or operator shall be liable for such costs in excess of the proceeds of the sale of the vehicle.

(b) Any law enforcement agency that without reasonable justification fails to provide information to the towing and storage firm within twenty-four (24) hours as prescribed by this subchapter shall be liable to the towing and storage firm for any accrued storage fees between the expiration of the twenty-four-hour period and such time as the information is provided.

(c) Upon any complaint or on its own initiative when the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board has reason to believe that a law enforcement officer failed to adhere to an owner preference request or otherwise violated this subchapter, the board may investigate the matter and submit its findings to proper law enforcement authorities.

(d) Any person, excluding law enforcement officers, who is determined by the board, after reasonable notice and opportunity for a fair and impartial hearing held in accordance with the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, 25-15-201 et seq., to have committed an act that is in violation of this subchapter or any rules and regulations promulgated under this subchapter, is subject to civil penalties prescribed by the board, including monetary penalties not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) or the suspension or revocation of any towing license or permit, or both.

(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the right to seek judicial review of any determination of the board pursuant to the provisions of the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, 25-15-201 et seq.

(f) (1) A penalty assessed by the board shall be paid no later than fifteen (15) days after the conclusion of the appeals process under the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, 25-15-201 et seq.

(2) If not paid timely, a license or permit may be suspended until the penalty is paid.

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