Legal Question in Traffic Law in Minnesota

can a private tow truck with only a single driver enter the H.O.V. lane (reserved for vehicles with 2 or more passengers) to respond to an emergency call from a driver who has lost a wheel and is mostly on the shoulder and partially still in the driving lane? is it legal for that tow truck driver to enter the H.O.V. lane at the point nearest to the stranded vehicle to tow it off the highway?? since the driver of the stranded vehicle called the tow company directly and the tow truck was not dispatched by any police agency, does that make the tow driver guilty of diobeying a traffic control sign or is the driver allowed to pick up the stranded vehicle and then exiting the H.O.V. lane at its' nearest exit???

Asked on 9/21/13, 11:47 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Tricia Dwyer Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC

Hello. Please do contact a private attorney who will be happy to provide you with legal counsel and legal assistance. No attorney on this site would be able to state whether someone is or is not 'guilty' of a criminal offense. You may contact me. Know that generally: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. All the best.


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Answered on 9/21/13, 1:32 pm

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