(a)  A member shall arrange transportation and safe storage of a vehicle pursuant to this Rule.

(b)  A member who authorizes the transportation and storage of a vehicle shall, immediately notify the appropriate Communications Center and request a wrecker service in accordance with the rules in this Chapter and furnish information necessary to complete a Signal 4 (Report of Vehicle Stored or Recovered).  The member shall notify the Communications Center in any case where a rollback should not be dispatched.

(c)  A member shall notify the Communications Center whenever he transports or stores a vehicle.  If the vehicle is towed, stored, or removed to the shoulder of the road and left at the scene at the request of or with the consent of the owner, operator, or legal possessor, the member shall mark the applicable entries on the HP-305 and obtain the signature of the person making the request or giving the consent.  Refusal to sign the HP-305 shall be deemed a withdrawal of the consent or request to tow.  In such a situation, members shall be governed by Rule .0106 of this Section.

(d)  A member shall, when notified by a magistrate of a hearing regarding payment of towing or storage fees, appear in person at the hearing or file HP-305.1 "Affidavit" with the magistrate prior to the hearing.

(e)  When necessary for accident reconstruction or a criminal investigation in which multiple vehicles are involved in an incident, a single storage location shall be designated.  The storage facility of the first wrecker service dispatched shall be used unless otherwise designated by a supervisor.

(f)  When necessary for an accident reconstruction or a criminal investigation, a member shall designate at which indoor or other storage facility a vehicle shall be stored to ensure preservation of the evidence.  The storage facility shall be the first wrecker service dispatched unless otherwise designated by a supervisor.

(g)  DWI seized vehicles shall be towed and stored in accordance with instructions from the state or regional contractor.

(h)  Vehicles stored pursuant to G.S. 20-96 shall be held by the towing/storage company until all civil assessment(s) have been satisfied and release is approved by the investigating member.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 20-184; 20-185; 20-187; 20-188;

Temporary Adoption Eff. June 9, 2000;

Eff. April 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. July 18, 2008;

Transferred from 14A NCAC 09H .0313 Eff. June 1, 2013.