Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 1 month ago

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?

13 Answers

  • Eva
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Of course. It's illegally parked. Double parking or parking in the lane of travel is unlawful.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 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.

  • 1 month ago

    It is a matter of state and local law.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    thats up to the police what they decide to do

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  • John
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Of course, its an obvious obstruction.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes they can. Police will tow a vehicle when it's illegally double-parked.

  • 1 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.

    • Fried Kitten
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Your reference to 'handicapped & hydrant' implies that a double-parked vehicle on a public street may not be legally towable by the county in some states. Did I understand you correctly?

  • 1 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.

  • 1 month ago

    yes, why wouldn't they be able to? the car is parked illegally

  • 1 month ago

    If it's on a public road it can be towed.

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