The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations (TDLR), after 10 months, has posted on their website the tow signs that is required in order for unauthorized vehicles to be towed from a private or public parking facility.
Why TDLR waited so long the give guidance to their licensees is beyond anyone’s imagination.
TDLR in failing to provide the tow sign examples will bankrupt many of their licensees after the thousands of lawsuits is filed statewide against them and their accounts. I have told a many tow company owners who are mad as hell over this issue, “It’s your responsibility to read the law and abide by it if your going to be in the private property towing business”.
Could it be that because Governor Rick Perry was trying to get companies to move to Texas by claiming in Texas, we have “lax regulations”, since TDLR’s executive director and Commissioners are Perry appointees?
I have been talking about this sign issue since the law changed, but instead of taking the advice of the author of the tow law, TDLR chose to get in bed with the Southwest Tow Operators who’s founder admits in a YouTube video to committing Workers Compensation Fraud to gain towing contracts from parking facility owners/management companies.
It makes no difference what city your vehicle was towed in or charged a drop fee, if the tow sign states: “Towing Enforced At All Times”, the vehicle owner or operator is due compensation to the tune of $1000 plus triple damages, including the costs of repairs for damage caused during the removal and storage of the vehicle. One of the key components of illegal towing, is the vehicle owner or operator is not required to prove negligence of a parking facility owner, towing company, or booting company to recover damages.
So, if you were towed anytime after September 1, 2013 regardless the number of times towed or charged a drop fee, it’s recommended you file the statutory violation lawsuit against the property owner, property management company and the business owner.
If you choose to file the request for the tow hearing, regardless the outcome, you can still file the statutory violation lawsuit. If the receipt that is provided when you pickup your vehicle at the storage facility does not contain the name of the “person” who authorized the tow, including their address, city, state, zip code and phone number, the 14 day deadline to request the tow hearing is invalid, you should also file a complaint against the storage facility for failing to provide the name of the person, instead of business name.
If the tow sign posted at the parking lot you were towed from is in the “Illegal Tow Sign” database, you are in luck to score a decisive victory against the tow company for extorting money from you.
This is just one more reason why you should subscribe to Texas Towing Compliance as you never know when you could come in contact with a tow truck driver or vehicle storage facility trying to extort money from you.
Unlike TDLR, the Texas Towing Compliance Tow Hotline 512-680-3190 is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so vehicle owners and operators can get the facts about the Law.
To find a lawyer in your town to represent you in a statutory violation lawsuit, click here.