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Question 2: Is it the intent of § 396.9 to allow "out of service" vehicles to be towed?

Section § 396.9: Inspection of motor vehicles and intermodal equipment in operation.

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Question 2: Is it the intent of § 396.9 to allow "out of service" vehicles to be towed?

Guidance: Yes; however, not all out of service vehicles may be towed away from the inspection location. The regulation sets up a flexible situation that will permit the inspecting officer to use his/her best judgment on a case-by-case basis.

Regulatory Topic: Vehicle inspections
Effective Date: Sunday, May 4, 1997
Issued Date: Friday, April 4, 1997