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Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long!

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04-17-2014 09:20:51

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JRSutton said: (quoted from post at 07:22:17 04/17/14) I got pulled over for an expired registration - 2 in the morning.

I pulled into a parking lot on the side of the road.

Cop explained the expired reg. car has to be towed. Good enough my fault - I must have missed the registry notification - won't get any argument from me - ya got me.

He called for the tow truck, I asked where it's going to be towed to...

He points across the street - "the lot's right there".

And I mean - DIRECTLY across the street, the gate was exactly opposite where I was parked. Not 10 feet further down the road - but right THERE.

I asked - "couldn't I just drive it over there instead of towing it??"

No sir - the car can't be driven on the road.

mind you - it's 2am and there's NO other traffic - nothing but crickets.

"I'd be willing to just push it over, it's very flat, an easy push..."

"No sir, the car cannot go on the road" - now talking to ME like *I* have some kind of mental problem not understanding that the car can't be on the road!

... well, not to argue the point, but I could always push my dirt bike on the road if the engine wasn't running, you sure I can't legally push a non running car across a road?

"No sir the car cannot go on the road."

To make matters worse we had to sit and wait over half an hour for the tow truck to show up.

Tow truck finally showed up - the drive's first words were - "be easier to just drive it over".

no sir... the car can't go on the road. - I almost answered for him.

So the driver hooked it up - drove it into the lot and put it back down.

$65 tow fee.

whatever -

It's easy to lose respect for the police at times like that.

I know one bad egg doesn't represent them all - but I also seem to meet a lot of bad eggs.

How is he a bad egg? If it's like where I worked there are rules and policies in place regarding events like yours. If the cop had let you or the tow truck guy drive it over and something had happened the cop would be liable, in which case everyone would say it's the cops problem and too bad for him. You or your insurance co would sue the cop and the police agency for every nickle you could get and if there'd been another car involved they'd do the same thing. You don't get anywhere being Mr. Nice Guy in police work, or in too many other businesses for that matter.

Funny how folks never look at both sides of the issue.
This post was edited by Bret4207 at 09:22:30 04/17/14.

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04-17-2014 16:55:35

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to Bret4207, 04-17-2014 09:20:51  
Some cops would have issued a written or verbal warning. An expired registration does not make the car any less safe does it? I can see it differently if the insurance had expired.

My friend had his triaxle red tagged by DOT on I 81. He had to have it towed, but when the tow company showed up, they said they did not have to tow the truck but could just drive it to their yard because they are an official inspection station. That makes no sense to me, if the truck is unsafe.

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04-19-2014 04:57:19

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to Rollie NE PA, 04-17-2014 16:55:35  
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It's going to depend on what state or jurisdiction you are in. The rules and regulations in NY with the NYSP are likely different from the rules and regs for the Anytown PD in Arkansas. There are no written warnings in some states and in some places not following the rules gets a cop fired. If the law said an unregistered vehicle was a major thing and the rules said it had to be towed and not driven, then whats a man to do?

As far as the tri-ax, the tow company was stretching a rule in the FMCSR IIRC. It's an issue of "Well, yeah, it says that, but you aren't using what it says the way it's meant to be used." if you follow my drift.

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04-17-2014 18:28:40

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to Rollie NE PA, 04-17-2014 16:55:35  
In some jurisdictions... such as 'here', expired licence tags mean no insurance... so no insurance and the vehicle is involved in an accident while in custody of the law.... that is on the cops head. While the premise of towing the car across the street does seem ridiculous, the lawsuit that could result from an accident is quite real and highly probably. This situation, much like the original poster is all about chain of custody. We no longer live in a society where people are reasonable so the law has to adapt to deal with them...


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04-17-2014 16:28:11

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 Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long! in reply to Bret4207, 04-17-2014 09:20:51  
Sorry, but if he didn't want to risk getting sued he could have explained it a little.

The ridiculousness of the situation warranted SOME kind of explanation.

There's no law saying police officers have to give minimal, robotic answers. Or that they CAN'T be nice.

We were just two guys sitting there in the dark staring at each other's feet for 45 minutes, waiting for a tow truck.

Not saying he HAD to give me an explanation - just saying he was a jack a## about it - as a person.

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