Towing Vehicle Laws and Regulations
This section specifically refers to the laws of various countries regarding the towing of a car or truck by a specialized tow truck or tow truck.
The towing industry is known to have significant potential for abuse, as towing occurs more often in difficult situations, without many options the consumer can turn to. In addition, in certain situations, towing operators may initiate an unjustified towing procedure and the consumer may be forced to make a payment to the operator prior to delivery of the vehicle. Different jurisdictions have enacted various consumer protection laws to protect the consumer from predatory trailers or predatory towing costs.
Other laws may govern the training and licensing of crane operators and companies, safety equipment, safety practices, and special permits to operate on certain roads or in certain areas.
United States Towing Act
In the United States, several states have laws governing the circumstances under which a car can be towed. Some of these laws are designed to prevent “predatory towing” whereby a legally parked vehicle is towed – or an illegally parked vehicle is towed by a tow operator not affiliated with the parking lot (private or public) – to collect high taxes for the owner.   Even when the predatory trailer is stationary, if the vehicle is already hooked in some way to the tow truck, the car is essentially rendered unusable until it is released by the operator and then the operator can extort money to the consumer.
Even when towing is done legally, and even at the consumer’s request for towing, the towing company gains physical possession of the vehicle. Towing rates can be unexpectedly high in the absence of regulation.
In some jurisdictions, hijacking laws may prohibit the towing of occupied vehicles. Most states require additional mirrors for vehicles towing something behind them.  Requirements and regulations differ from state to state. In general, trailer mirrors are an addition to factory vehicle mirrors, allowing you to see further. Standard mirrors are designed to reflect what’s behind the vehicle and, when a trailer is towed, they reflect the trailer. To see what’s behind it, larger mirrors are needed to cover the cover of what’s behind the trailer. There are three main types of towing mirrors:
Fixed mirrors mounted. They screw into the bumper or vehicle door and stay in place.
Clip-on mirrors. They are mounted directly on the original mirror by means of a plastic housing, which completely surrounds the mirror located on the vehicle.
Extension mirrors. This type of mirrors is mounted on the OE mirror with the help of a bar, which is attached to the edge of the plastic mirror housing.