You're in a hurry, so you park your car in a "no parking" space. When you return, you see your vehicle at a distance on a tow truck. Do you know what your vehicle towing rights are? Laws vary from state to state and city to city, but there are some general rules that are followed.
If you break down on the roadside, you may need to have your vehicle towed. Call for towing services in Oakland to take your vehicle to the place of your choice. Emergency towing can't be anticipated, so you should keep the contact information of a reliable towing company handy.
Here are some examples of when your vehicle can be towed:
- You park unlawfully in a parking lot on private property, for example, without paying the proper fee.
- You park in a handicapped space, too close to a fire hydrant, or in a fire lane.
- You park in a "no parking" zone.
- You park on someone's private property without permission.
The law does not necessarily require that a sign be posted warning you that vehicles will be towed for violations.
When you return to where you parked your car, it's gone. There may be a sign saying cars will be towed and listing the towing company's contact information. If there are no signs, call the police. Some laws require private property owners to notify the police within an hour of authorizing a vehicle to be towed. Some laws require a towing company to notify the police within 30 minutes after it tows a vehicle or within 15 minutes of arriving at the tow lot, whichever time is shorter.
If your vehicle is being hooked up as you arrive, you can have the vehicle released. You may have to pay half of the normal towing fee.
You must pay—with cash or a major credit card—to get your car released from the towing lot. Towing companies can charge a daily storage fee until you pick up your vehicle.
If your vehicle is damaged or something inside the vehicle is missing, contact the towing company. You may report the damage to your insurance company. You may pursue the matter against the towing company in small claims court.