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wanderingbob

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Posted: 03/25/13 05:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My sister tows her small SUV backwards on a tow dolly because it is rear wheel drive . She got a warning ticket for ' failure to display ' her auto tag which in Florida is on the rear , which faces forward when towing backwards , HUH , did I splain that correct ?

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well at least its a warning but yes I can see how the officer could justify it. We assume the vehicle has a tag yet the law says the tag must be seen from the rear. Now the tow vehicle becomes a "trailer" and the "trailer" must have a tag that is also seen from the rear. Since the "trailer" tag was not visible then the office could have written a citation for obscured tag on a trailer or give a warning for failure to display a tag. All in all its chicken s#%t but never the less her/she was following the law. Did I spain that well enough??

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Must've been a slow day for the officer. You'd think they'd have better things to do.


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Posted: 03/25/13 06:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get some of those plastic lic. plate bolts with the wingnuts,like we used at the dealership,and when towing,just fasten it to the front,so it's in the back,where the officer can see it.....from the back,although it's on the front...did I say that right?


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Posted: 03/25/13 06:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My sister tows her small SUV backwards on a tow dolly because it is rear wheel drive . She got a warning ticket for ' failure to display ' her auto tag which in Florida is on the rear , which faces forward when towing backwards , HUH , did I splain that correct ?

No one ever accused the Florida law enforcement forces of being overly bright


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You can probably have a plate made. If you check with DMV, you may find that they will make another plate, which would be an "official" plate that could be mounted on the front of the car (and visible when she tows the car backwards).
Or, since I see lots of folks who have "lost/stolen tag" written on a piece of cardboard, which seems to work, I don't see why making a nice "tag" with the plate number and the state of issue, wouldn't work too.
Or, check on-line, you may be able to have a simulated tag made up that looks enough like your actual tag, that a LEO might not notice it from afar.


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Posted: 03/25/13 06:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

djgarcia wrote:

My sister tows her small SUV backwards on a tow dolly because it is rear wheel drive . She got a warning ticket for ' failure to display ' her auto tag which in Florida is on the rear , which faces forward when towing backwards , HUH , did I splain that correct ?

No one ever accused the Florida law enforcement forces of being overly bright


WOW! Your sister does that too?


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For a small fee she can apply to DMV for a second license plate.

However.. Is there a license on the tow dolly?

I do not know the law in Flordia but in SOME states , if the car is on a dolly, it's not a car, it is cargo and cargo does not need a license plate, the dolly (Trailer) does

Note she could also full trailer it instead of teh dolly if she has the tow capability or go to RemcoTowing and find out what she needs to tow 4-down.


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Posted: 03/25/13 07:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I had my Master Tow dolly, they reccommended NOT towing the vehicle backwards because of lack of stability.
I towed an old Javelin backwards because of having an automatic transmission and it sure towed much better when facing forward as designed.


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Posted: 03/25/13 07:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is anyone considering that the officer has no means of confirming that the coach or toad has a valid registration while underway since no plates are visible? That's assuming of course, that the coach plate is hidden by the toad as most are.


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