Can I Call a Tow Truck on Someone?

If you ask, “Can I call a tow truck on someone?” The answer to that question is it depends. This post will explore the legality of calling a tow truck on someone and provide tips for getting your car towed.


Legal Situations to Call a Tow Truck

Calling a tow truck on someone is legal in certain situations. For instance, you can call a tow truck to have a car removed if it’s blocking your driveway or parked in a handicapped spot without a permit. You can also call a tow truck if the vehicle is obstructing traffic or parked in a no-parking zone.

Illegal Situations to Call a Tow Truck

However, calling a tow truck on someone is illegal if you dislike how they have parked their car. You can’t call a tow truck to remove a vehicle parked on your property without permission, except if it’s causing damage to your property. If unsure, it’s always best to consult with a legal professional.

Tips for Getting Your Car Towed

If you need to get your car towed, ensure you contact a reputable tow truck company. Additionally, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork before the vehicle is towed. Lastly, be prepared to pay for the tow truck company’s services.

State-Specific Laws on Towing

Here are some state-specific laws to consider before calling a tow truck.

California: If your car is parked in someone else’s driveway, the property owner can have your vehicle towed at any time without warning. However, parking in designated parking spots or on public property is best.

Florida: You have the legal right to tow a vehicle from your property without the owner’s consent if the car is parked on your premises without permission. The only exception to this law is if the car is parked in a designated accessible parking space without a valid permit.

Texas: You can tow a car parked in front of your house if it’s parked in a designated area. This includes public and private parking lots, garages, and apartment complexes.

What to Do if Someone Blocks Your Driveway

If someone blocks your driveway, they’re trespassing on your property. Trespass is a civil offense, so the police may not always get involved. They may send an officer to determine the vehicle’s owner and ask them to move it. However, if the car is causing an obstruction or is parked dangerously, the police can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). This is a fine of £30 in England and Wales or £60 in Scotland. If the vehicle is causing significant obstruction, the police can remove it by a tow truck.


Calling a tow truck on someone is a last resort. However, it’s an option if someone is parked on your property without permission. Ensure you know the laws in your state or country before taking action, or you could be liable for damages. If you have any questions, it’s best to contact the police or a solicitor for advice.

About the author, Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins is the passionate car enthusiast behind the blog My Auto Machine. With over a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Perkins has knowledge and experience with a wide range of car makes and models. His particular interests lie in performance and modification, and his blog covers these topics in-depth. In addition to his own blog, Perkins is a respected voice in the automotive community and writes for various automotive publications. His insights and opinions on cars are highly sought-after.