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Motor Vehicle Recycling and Disposal Program | Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Amendment April 18, 2024 | Comment Period Closes April 19, 2024

  • March 22 2024

Rulemaking Background: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing an amendment to Title 17, chapter 50 of the Administrative Rules of Montana, pertaining to the Montana Motor Vehicle Recycling and Disposal Act at Title 75, chapter 10, part 5, MCA. Among other things, this Act authorizes the department to adopt rules for reimbursement of charges by tow truck operators for removing abandoned vehicles at the request of law enforcement. DEQ proposes to revise ARM 17.50.213(3) to increase the flat rate reimbursement amount to operators from $125 per vehicle removed to $175 per vehicle removed. The last increase for the removal of abandoned vehicles was in 2019.   

In February 2024, DEQ released a draft proposal and held an informal public stakeholder meeting to solicit input on the proposed rule package, answer questions, and address concerns. DEQ is not proposing to raise fees through this rulemaking.

Public Hearing:  On April 18, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., DEQ will hold a public hearing in Room 111 of the Metcalf Building, 1520 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment and adoption of the above-stated rules. Interested parties may also attend the hearing electronically in the following ways:

Join Zoom Meeting:

Webinar ID: 892 8237 1500

Passcode: 125097

Or Telephone: (206) 337-9723


Submit public comment: You are invited to submit data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing.  Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality, 1520 E. Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901; faxed to (406) 444-4386; or e-mailed to , and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 19, 2024. 


Associated Materials: 

MAR Notice No. 17-441: Issue 6 of the 2024 MAR starting on page 504-506.

Tags: Public Comment, Public Meeting, Rule Making and Solid Waste