There are two aspects to towing laws, there are the laws which govern the right to tow a vehicle away from where it is parked, this is no simple matter as the vehicle is your property, and the laws which govern how a towing job should be carried out. i.e. laws which apply to towing companies and are intended to ensure they do their job without endangering other motorists, passersby, the tow techs themselves nor the owners of vehicles towed. In the following paragraphs we bring you the highlights of both types of towing laws as they are enforced in Oakland.
Giving Someone the Right to Drive Away with Your Car
Towing someone's car away is just the same as stealing it if it is not done according to the towing laws which give towing companies the right to take off with something that belongs to someone else.
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
Once it is established that the tow is legal there remains the matter of making certain that it be done safely. In a perfect world it would be possible to just leave it all up to the tow techs and towing company owners but in the world we live in authorities must draft rules and regulations and then enforce them.
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.