towing a vehicle with a chain?

some time ago i asked you all about wether it was legal in ny to tow a vehicle with a tow chain. one person sent me to a website that lead me to the correct answer. this info was gotten in an email to me from the nys dmv. they know and the laws and what you can and cannot do on any publicly owned road in nys.
Response (Technical Services) – 07/09/2007 08:11 AM
Dear customer, I have attached a section for the Vehicle & Traffic Law that deals with towing:
(c) No vehicle shall be towed by a rope or other non-rigid connection which is longer than sixteen feet.

(d) A motor vehicle being towed by a rope or other non-rigid connection must have a licensed driver in such motor vehicle who shall steer it when it is being towed.

Mark

06/22/2007 01:50 PM
i have a disabled vehicle and need to tow it a short distance (less than 10 miles). i do not have a tow bar or dollie, but do have a 3 point Tow Chain. i need to know what the statute is on towing with a tow chain in upstate
ny. i just recently towed a pick up usingb this chain, with a chase car. passed several officers who all slowed down to look but went on once they saw the chase car.
you do not need to have a tow dollie, tow bar or to have your front wheels up off the road as i was adamantly told in responces to my previous question.
look for those of you telling me how the laws are in your state thank you. those that still insist on telling me that it is illegal to tow with any non rigid chain, strap, rope, cable etc etc etc. just reread the answer i got from the state and do not te3ll me that you know more about the laws in ny than the state does. ty

Put the chain in a steel pipe between the two auto to keep them from hitting each other. That`s what we do back in the sticks.were I live. Because just using a chain alone was against the law.

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6 Responses to “towing a vehicle with a chain?”

  1. jaybird says:

    Put the chain in a steel pipe between the two auto to keep them from hitting each other. That`s what we do back in the sticks.were I live. Because just using a chain alone was against the law.
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  2. iamct01 says:

    Here in Michigan you have to use a TOW strap and a car cannot tow a car it must be a truck that tows.
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  3. Tommy says:

    Use a tow strap. That’s what it’s made for. The reason chain is illegal it has too much of a chance to break.
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  4. b says:

    damn dude. 10 miles, take your chances.
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  5. Gerald says:

    Call a tow truck. A chain on the front will damage the bottom half of the car. Just remember I told you so. Most tow companies charge $40. Trust me the front of the car is worth atleast $1000…. Drive train damage is a real good chance the Tranny or suspension with need replacing.or repair.
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  6. wakemovement says:

    Bad thing’s can happen when towing, if you use a chain don’t use a knot, hooks rattle loose if not under tension. Wire the hook onto link, back-road it, both drivers best be experienced, if cop doesn’t have anything better to do I’m sure they will site you a law, where you then play ignorant oops I’m sorry.
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