In order to drive a wrecker or tow truck in Kentucky, operators must comply with the state's laws regulating commercial vehicles. Many of the requirements are based on the weight and size of the wrecker. Commercial vehicles are also required to stop at all open scales in the state so that authorities can verify law compliance.
Commercial Driver's License
You must obtain a commercial driver's license if the wrecker weighs more than 26,000 pounds. To do this, apply for and undergo a analysis of your driving history. Based on the size of the wrecker, some people may be required to take an exam or a driver's skills test. If you are driving a commercial motor vehicle that weighs less than 26,000 lbs., you are required to carry a medical examination certificate but not a commercial driver's license.
If you are operating a wrecker that weighs less than 26,000 lbs, you are not required to display tax licenses. For wreckers weighing more than 26,000 lbs., you are required to obtain a Kentucky Intrastate Fuel Tax License. For wreckers weighing more than 60,000 lbs., you also will be required to obtain a Kentucky Highway Use Mileage Tax.
If your vehicle weighs more than 80,000 lbs., or is at least 8 feet, 6 inches wide, you will need to purchase an overweight/overdimensional permit. Also, vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs. must display a U.S. Department of Transportation number.
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