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changing a flat tire, providing gas or use of jumper cables, assisting in starting a vehicle or unlocking a vehicle.

C.

WRECKER LOGS – For the purposes of this policy, the term “wrecker logs” shall mean documented information gathered regarding FHP wrecker calls in both written and electronic (Computer-Aided Dispatch) format.

D.

WRECKER OPERATOR - The individual, partnership, corporation, or business entity engaged for hire in the recovery, towing or removal of wrecked, disabled, stolen or abandoned motor vehicles. A hired driver or employee shall be considered an agent of the wrecker operator and shall be governed by these rules.

E.

ZONE – For the purposes of this policy, a zone shall mean an area designated by a troop commander, pursuant to Rule 15B-9.003, F.A.C.

17.02.05

OBJECTIVES

A.

To safeguard property in those cases where the actual owner or person in charge of such property is for any reason unable to provide ordinary care and protection for such property.

B.

To protect those persons who actually remove and take custody of a vehicle towed by authority of the Florida Highway Patrol.

C.

To protect the interests of the Florida Highway Patrol.

D.

To provide a record of towed vehicles.

E.

To provide a record of recovered stolen vehicles.

17 02.06

PROCEDURES

A.

CALL ALLOCATION SYSTEM

1.

Each Troop Commander shall divide his/her troop into zones with clearly defined boundaries for the purpose of establishing wrecker rotation lists in the appropriate Regional Communications Center (RCC). The Troop Commander’s decision shall be reviewable by the Director or designee.

2.

Wrecker requests from the member will be transmitted to the Regional Duty Officer (RDO). The member will ascertain from the owner/driver of the vehicle to be towed if they have a preference

of a wrecker operator.

If they

have an owner’s request, the to call that wrecker operator, are on the rotation list. If they

have shall zone

member shall advise regardless of whether

the RDO or not they

no particular request of a advise the RDO to dispatch and class.

wrecker operator, the member the next rotation wrecker for that

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