<VV> Flat Towing
tony.underwood at cox.net
Tue Oct 13 23:09:05 EDT 2009
At 07:24 PM 10/11/2009, BobHelt at aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 10/11/2009 2:59:19 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
>cdoerge1 at att.net writes:
>Car is a racer only, not registered, no plates.
>Everything that I've ever seen and read says that to be moving on the
>ground requires registration and plates....EVERYWHERE.
...which brings to mind the question of whether or not a dolly-towed
vehicle also would require such, and if not, what would be the difference.
A while back a buddy and I flat-towed a '69 Monza halfway across the
state via highways and passed several state police vehicles which
never paid the first bit of attention. No tags on the
car. Several other times I've flat-towed stuff with no tags and
police either just let it go, paid no mind, or there's something in
the coffee they drink that blurred their vision.
Or, they all assumed that it must be ok to flat-tow an inop vehicle
with no valid registration because I was doing it and acting like it
was perfectly legit to do so.
Back When, Curt Jones flat-towed an FC from Florida to my house in VA
with a rollback which also had the red '60 Monza on it, dropped both
of them off on his way to the '99 Vair Fair. I don't recall him
saying anything about being stopped for doing so. ;)
I won't try to argue that it's not illegal to pull something behind
you without any tags on it... I'm just mentioning that I've done it a
lot of times and nobody ever said anything about my doing so
including the State policeman who stopped behind me on Rt 460 after
I'd stopped while towing a Lakewood from Forest VA to Roanoke,
stopped to do a walk-around (I do that about every 30 miles or so
just to make sure the tires are all still up and nothing is coming
loose etc). The policeman asked me if everything was OK and I said
yes, was just doing a checkout, he said be careful and drive safely
and went on. Lakewood not only had no tags it had no glass or
tailgate. But it did have 4 tires... ;)
This would be an interesting regulation to research and check
out... perhaps if the towed vehicle is genuinely inop there's a
loophole...? I dunno.
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