New Minnesota law tweaks tow rules

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, June 13, 2014

A new law in Minnesota revises certain towing requirements.

State law now limits authorization to call for tows from public property to police and parking enforcement officers.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law adding fire department officers and state or local authorities to the list of personnel authorized to have vehicles towed from public property. The change took effect immediately.

Two more changes are intended to bring Minnesota law up to date with the electronic processing of towing documents.

The first change removes a requirement to complete a written, signed towing report by the tower and the officer prior to performing a tow.

Instead, a written report is required after a tow by the towing authority to the officer who ordered the tow. The report must state that the towing authority received authorization and towed the vehicle.

Supporters said the changes are needed because most tow requests are made by email for by phone. They said that tow documents are no longer signed by hand.

Previously HF2995, the new law simply requires confirmation of tows.

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