What Are Some Towing and Recovery Laws?


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If a driver abandons a vehicle anywhere, police may tow it, according to the State of Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board. Additionally, if property owners find unknown vehicles parked on their private property, they may tow them at the expense of the vehicles' owners.

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To protect the owners of illegally parked vehicles, private property owners must provide clear signage regarding their towing policies, as the State of Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board explains. These signs must include contact information for the towing company, the address of the recovery lot, the towing and recovery fees the vehicle owner is expected to pay, and the forms of payment that the towing company accepts. As additional protection for vehicle owners, the state limits the distance that illegally parked vehicles can be towed from their original parking spots.

In some cases, a police officer may tow and impound a vehicle even if the driver is present, as detailed by the Arizona Professional Towing and Recovery Association. Some of these cases include driving with a suspended or cancelled license, never having been issued a license, and driving an at-large vehicle from a previous accident. If the driver of a vehicle is guilty of a license violation, a police officer may not tow the vehicle if the spouse of the driver is present and legally able to drive it.

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