New Jersey DOT says it will reimburse tows, penalties during snowstorm

| 1/11/2011

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced it will reimburse “reasonable towing costs” incurred by drivers during a post-Christmas snowstorm that stranded many.

No one has publicly stated, however, whether trucks towed during the storm will be covered by the reimbursement.

The snowstorm caused many vehicles on the Jersey Turnpike to be stuck, prompting police and tow companies to remove many from the scene. Members of the public were outraged at automatic tow policies in place on the Jersey Turnpike – an issue truckers have dealt with in more expensive form for years.

The New Jersey DOT released a short statement last week saying it would reimburse claims by motorists whose automobiles were stranded and towed.

Here is the text of the statement:

“The Department of Transportation announced today that the New Jersey state government will be accepting claims for reimbursement of reasonable towing costs from motorists whose automobiles – due to circumstances beyond their control – were stranded on state highways and towed during the recent winter blizzard. 

Further information will be provided in the coming days on eligibility and how to make a claim for this one-time reimbursement program.”

A spokeswoman with the New Jersey DOT told Land Line Magazine on Monday, Jan. 10, that additional information would be forthcoming as to which vehicles would be eligible for tow reimbursement, and whether trucks would be included.

For more information on towing issues, read Land Line Magazine’s 2009 feature on truck towing by clicking here.