Know your rights: Private property towing laws

Posted: 12:24 PM, May 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-20 22:53:38Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- Have you or someone you know ever been towed for parking on private property?

Well, this may come as a surprise to you. There's a law in Indiana that requires vehicles to be tagged as abandoned for at least 24 hours before they can be towed.

According to Indiana Code 9-22-1, the notice tag must be placed in a prominent place with the date, time, name, and address of the person who owns or controls the private property and a telephone number to contact for information.

After placing the tag, the property owner or tow company is required to wait 24 hours before the vehicle can be towed off the property.

But that's not true in all cases. The law goes on to say that the vehicle may be removed immediately in the event of an emergency situation.

An emergency situation means the vehicle interferes physically with the conduct of normal business operations of the person who owns or controls the private property, or poses a threat to the safety or security of persons or property.