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Re: OT:Towing company. rant -Long!

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04-17-2014 16:55:35

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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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