We hope that your travel on Ventura county highways is as smooth as possible. However, know that if during rush hour, should you have a problem along portions of the U.S.-101 or CA-118, Freeway Service Patrol will come to your rescue! The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is funded by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) in its role as the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE), with funding through the State of California (Caltrans). VCTC administers the program through a contract with a local tow company which provides two roaming tow trucks on each highway segment (“beat”) to roam up and down and assist disabled motorists, at no charge to the motorist.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is also a partner in the program and provides driver training and daily oversight .

The program operates Monday through Friday, except certain holidays, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on these Ventura County highway segments (see map):

  • Beat 1: 12.9 miles along U.S.-101, from Ventura/Los Angeles County line to Camarillo Springs Rd.;
  • Beat 2: 8.7 miles along U.S.-101, from Camarillo Springs Road to Central Ave.; and
  • Beat 3: 14.7 miles along CA-118, from CA-23 to Ventura/Los Angeles County line (Rocky Peak).

Look for specially marked FSP tow trucks that are white and display the FSP logo.  FSP drivers are certified by the CHP and wear blue uniforms with yellow vests, have the FSP logos on their clothing and an identification name badge on their vest.  FSP services are provided at no cost to the motorist, and the types of services provided may include:

  • Changing flat tires
  • Jump starting vehicles with dead batteries
  • Refilling radiators and taping leaky hoses
  • Putting a gallon of fuel in gas tanks
  • Towing inoperable vehicles, free of charge to a safe location off the freeway
  • Clearing vehicles damaged in collisions under CHP direction
  • Removing debris from traffic lanes under CHP direction

If FSP cannot get your car back up and running, FSP will tow your vehicle off of the freeway to a location approved by CHP. Although FSP will get you off the freeway to a safe location while you wait for help, FSP cannot tow you to a private repair facility or to your home, nor can they recommend tow services or repair shops.

Download  a brochure about the Ventura FSP program, or review Frequently Asked Questions  about the program. Have you been assisted by FSP recently and would like to fill out a survey? You may do so by clicking on this link.

Contact Us:
If you have any questions regarding FSP, contact Andrew Kent, FSP Program Analyst, at:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 805.642.1591 X102
Address: 751 East Daily Drive, Suite 420, Camarillo, CA  93010

​If you need assistance and are a motorist outside of the FSP service area or hours of FSP service, please dial 911.  If  you are within the FSP service area and hours and you require assistance, call CHP Dispatch at 805.477.4174, who if appropriate, will dispatch FSP to assist.

Freeway Service Patrol Frequently Asked Questions

Ventura County FSP Highway Segments “Beats”