What and Why is there a Freeway Service Patrol?

The Freeway Service Patrol is a program run jointly by Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the San Joaquin Council of Governments. The program offers free service to motorists provided by privately owned tow trucks that patrol designated freeway routes. Whether fixing a flat tire, towing a disabled vehicle to a safe location, clearing debris from a lane of traffic, or providing a gallon of gasoline to a motorist that has run out of fuel, the constantly patrolling FSP trucks find congestion-causing incidents and clear them quickly. This reduces delay for other motorists, maintains the capacity of our highway system and increases safety for motorists by clearing hazards that may cause secondary incidents. This program is funded by Measure K.

How can the Freeway Service Patrol Help?

If you are stuck on the freeway because of a problem with your vehicle, the FSP can:

  • Jump-start a dead battery
  • Refill your radiator and tape leaking hoses
  • Change a flat tire
  • Provide a gallon of gas if your car runs out of fuel

If the Freeway Service Patrol cannot get your car going, it will be towed, at no charge, to a location designated by the CHP.

How can I recognize the Freeway Service Patrol?

All of the tow trucks are white and have the Freeway Service Patrol logo on the doors. The drivers wear blue uniforms and yellow safety vests with the same FSP logo.

Where and When is the Freeway Service Patrol on duty?

In Tracy, FSP service is provided on I-205 and in Stockton, FSP service is provided on SR99 and I-5 corridors.  FSP is on patrol weekdays (except most holidays) from 5:15-8:45 am and 2:15-6:45 pm and on Sundays from 1-8 pm. Holiday hours vary.

Are Freeway Service Patrol drivers certified?

Yes. Drivers receive certification after completing a CHP training program.

Can the Freeway Service Patrol tow me to a private repair facility or to my home?

No. The Freeway Service Patrol drivers can tow vehicles only to CHP-designated locations off the freeway. Also, Freeway Service Patrol drivers cannot recommend service companies or repair/body shops.

Can I pay or tip the tow-truck driver?

No. Drivers are not allowed to accept any compensation including tips or gratuities.

For administrative issues regarding the San Joaquin Freeway Service Patrol please call 1-800-52-SHARE, or send an email to commuteconnection@sjcog.org. Please note that motorists cannot request FSP service through the FSP Business Office or the FSP website. Thank you.