What Are the Regulations for Operating a Tow Truck?


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State law determines regulations for operating a tow truck, and therefore regulations vary by state, notes AWDirect. For example, in Massachusetts various jurisdictions may set the maximum amount a tow truck operator is allowed to charge for towing a vehicle, but this amount is not to exceed the maximum rate set by the state government, states The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The state government also requires tow truck operations to submit an annual financial statement using the appropriate state form.

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Louisiana state law prohibits tow trucks owned by a garage, automotive mechanic shop or other place that fixes automobiles, and operated by an employee or the owner of the facility from responding to accident scenes, engaging in a police rotation system, or managing any private property tows, according to LawServer. Tow truck operations must also pay a $150 annual fee to operate, unless the tow truck is owned by a department of the public.

In West Virginia, a tow truck must carry a safety chain at any given time if the operator uses the truck to tow disabled or wrecked vehicles, states West Virginia Legislature. West Virginia state law defines a safety chain as a chain or cable of sufficient length capable of keeping a vehicle tethered to a tow truck if the primary connection or towing sling breaks. State laws also allow a tow truck to have yellow or amber flashing warning lights.

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