Giving Someone the Right to Drive Away with Your Car
In most places, in Oakland too, the authorities grant towing companies the right to tow away a vehicle in certain situations. The most common circumstances in which a vehicle is towed away have to do with illegal parking. It is only natural that the law enables authorities to move away a vehicle which is parked in a way which obstructs traffic, in a way which trespasses on another's property or if the vehicle has been abandoned.
In Oakland vehicles parked in no parking zones may be towed away only if there are signs indicating that this may happen. The signs must be posted in a way which leaves no doubt that they are seen by anyone contemplating parking their car within the area the sign applies to.
In order to tow away a vehicle which is parked in a way which trespasses on someone's property the towing company must make extra certain that this is the case, i.e. make sure the person initiating the tow really has the right to ask them to do it.
Towing Vehicles Safely
There are rules and regulations which govern the way a tow truck should be rigged. Towing a vehicle is an operation, in which great forces are exerted, it is essential that tow trucks used by towing companies are ones fit for the job. There are also rules intended to make sure towing companies maintain their tow trucks properly.