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Re: Equipment Requirements for Police Providers


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A new to be tow business owner called and asked me what equipment should be on a tow truck or carrier when applying to the highway patrol and law enforcement? The California Highway Patrol is quite specific regarding what basic equipment should be on the truck for tow trucks serving their contract. I find their list quite extensive and specific to law enforcement towing.


I recommend towers download the CHP’s, Form 234B, Tow Truck Inspection Guide; Link:  https://www.chp.ca.gov/ResearchAndPlanningSectionSite/Documents/Chp234B_052017.pdf


The equipment requirements for law enforcement, FSP, highway patrol providers and LE towers is extensive; these requirements are what most California law enforcement agencies require as they refer back to the CHP being the expert entity for police towing.


Keep in-mind, if an item is listed on 234B, it must be in maintained and operable condition i.e., all lights work, a broom has to have a handle, a flashlight has to have working batteries, a fire-extinguisher has to be, “in-the-green”, mounted with safety pin and an inspection tag, chain must be rated with a tag, winch-controls have to be labeled, 100-feet of cable must measure 100-feet or more, etc.


Go to the provided link and download the two-page 234B and see what a well-equipped tow truck and wrecker should have based on the class towing and recovery it serves. Obviously, these are basic requirements and don’t be afraid to add specialty tools, equipment and accessories to the truck as you choose and afford. Happy shopping.      R.

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Randall C. Resch

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