Can Police Always Tow a Double-Parked Vehicle At Will?
In the US, as a generality, can police departments or the DOT
tow away a double-parked vehicle at any time that they wish
to do so without getting prior authorization?
Suppose that a legally-parked car is being blocked by a
double-parked vehicle. The occupant of the car calls the
police and asks them to remove the double-parked vehicle.
Can the police or DOT remove the double-parked vehicle
immediately in response to the phone-call?
- EvaLv 41 month ago
Of course. It's illegally parked. Double parking or parking in the lane of travel is unlawful.
- BruceLv 71 month ago
Towing is a matter of local policy and state law. It is legal in my state and authorized by my department's policy.
- JeffreyLv 71 month ago
It is a matter of state and local law.
- PearlLv 71 month ago
thats up to the police what they decide to do
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- JohnLv 71 month ago
Of course, its an obvious obstruction.
- brian 2010Lv 71 month ago
Yes they can. Police will tow a vehicle when it's illegally double-parked.
- davidmi711Lv 71 month ago
Exact answer will vary by state, however if the police have the legal authority to have a vehicle towed from that location they can do so immediately.
The issue would be if the incident occurred on private or public property and if on private property, if the police have the authority to have a vehicle removed for parking issues. In some states only the property owner can have a vehicle removed or the police are limited to only removing an illegally parked vehicle that is occupying a handicapped parking space or blocking a fire hydrant.
- dewcoonsLv 71 month ago
Yes. If a car is illegally parked, the police can tow it at any time. they do not have to ask your permission to enforce the law. Now, how quickly they respond is another question. Neither the police or the DOT would be the ones to do the actual towing. They would call a towing company and the company would sent a truck to do the towing. that often takes a while.
- American AtheistLv 61 month ago
yes, why wouldn't they be able to? the car is parked illegally
- ocularnervosaLv 71 month ago
If it's on a public road it can be towed.