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FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL

POLICY MANUAL

SUBJECT

POLICY NUMBER

WRECKER QUALIFICATION AND ALLOCATION SYSTEM

17.02

ISSUE DATE

02/01/96

REVISION DATE

03/11/13

TOTAL PAGES

11

17.02.01 PURPOSE

To establish Florida Highway Patrol policy, procedures, and responsibilities concerning a Wrecker Qualification and Allocation System, provide guidelines for the use of Department forms associated with wrecker operations, provide guidelines for the selection of wrecker operators for placement on rotation lists, and to enumerate the responsibilities of those wrecker operators.

17.02.02 AUTHORITY

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Florida Highway Patrol, is granted authority to establish rules for a Wrecker Qualification and Allocation System by Section 321.051, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 15B-9, Florida Administrative Code.

17.02.03 POLICY

It is the policy of the Florida Highway Patrol to design rules to assist private and commercial users of the highways of this State by ensuring that only qualified and reputable wrecker operators and equipment are provided for removal of wrecked, disabled, stolen or abandoned motor vehicles in the event the owner or operator is incapacitated, unavailable or leaves the procurement of wrecker service to the discretion of the member at the scene.

These rules do not apply to a vehicle owner’s request for utilization of a specific wrecker operator, whether or not such operator is qualified under these rules. In such event, the owner’s request will be honored without resort to these rules unless there will be an unreasonable time delay or a traffic problem exists.

17.02.04

DEFINITIONS

A

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ABANDONED VEHICLE – An unattended vehicle, which is directed by a

member to be removed because it is improperly parked in violation of Sections 316.194, 316.1945 or 316.1951, Florida Statutes. This shall not apply to an abandoned vehicle being removed because it has been involved in a crash.

B.

SERVICE CALL – Any rotation wrecker response in which the removal of the vehicle is not required. Such calls may include but not be limited to

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