Avoiding Getting Caught Out By Unauthorised Vehicle Towing

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Do you ever think about what you would do if you were in a car accident? Who would you call in the moment? Unfortunately, often we don’t have a plan of action when we land ourselves in this, at times, stressful situation, especially when it comes to towing and towing costs.

While many insurance companies offer towing as an included or extra feature to their services, this does not stop many tow truck drivers from swarming an accident scene at the moment of impact. Taking advantage of a stressful and vulnerable situation, they often try to pressure you in to utilizing their or their suppliers’ services.

The cost (both physically and psychologically) of using illegal or non-certified tow trucks can be far reaching.

If for whatever reason you do find yourself in a sticky situation and need to make use of a tow truck (that’s not a recommended supplier from your insurer), make sure you are protected. Ensure you check their credentials as well as the personal information: name of company, driver, tow truck registration and their office number. Do not sign any documents before you have read through them and understand all costs involve.

The National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 stipulates in Section 61(3) states that: “…no person shall remove a vehicle involved in an accident, except for the purpose of sufficiently allowing the passage of traffic, without the permission of the owner, driver or operator of such vehicle or a person who may lawfully take possession of such a vehicle.”