The general rule is that a vehicle may be towed if this poses a risk or an impairment to public safety.
There are several reasons a car can be towed. If you break down or have an accident and your car is no longer roadworthy, you must have it picked up from the scene of the accident. The police can also tow vehicles that have passed their MOT, that are stolen, or that are used as evidence in some other way.
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However, towing services like Towing San Jose have to come particularly frequently for vehicles parked illegally in order to rearrange them, to the horror of the wrongdoers. The police may commission a towing service if your vehicle is prohibited from parking or stopping, for example at fire service entrances, at pedestrian crossings, intersections or other places marked with appropriate signs.
If your car is parked on private property or in a private parking lot without a valid parking ticket, the property owner can also call the towing service. The latter scenario can occur particularly in customer parking spaces.
If the vehicle blocks a driveway, the exact location depends on whether the police or property owners have to call the towing service. If the vehicle is on the street, the police are responsible, otherwise, the property owner must take action. When towing, however, it is always about proportionality: Do you have an urgent appointment that you can only reach by car or is the vehicle just bothering you in your driveway?
Incidentally, your vehicle can also be towed if it is in the way of emergency services. This was the case, for example, in 2014 after the storm “Ela” in Düsseldorf, where 2,000 vehicles were towed away for clearance work because they were in the way. In such cases, towing is usually free of charge; only vehicle owners who do not comply with a request to repark the car in a timely manner have to pay.