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Dishonest towing companies, storage facilities, parking facilities engaging in
organized criminal activity against the motoring public for financial gain.
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|Yesterday, I attended and testified at the Tow Hearing of Robert Brown vs. Best Transport (TDLR 005669600). The person
who appeared Code 2308 was inaccurate, which got some frowns from the Judge.
Mr. Thompson said he had the right to have Mr. Brown’s tractor trailer (leased to United Van Lines) towed and stored at Best’
s storage facility (TDLR 0577835VSF) without any of the required notification requirements of Occupation Code 2308.252.
Then good part comes up, regarding the towing receipt(s) for the tow truck that actually towed Mr. Brown’s truck, since
according to the TDLR TOOLS search revealed at Best Transport only has one tow truck being a ton and half rollback,
unable to tow a tractor trailer. Mr. Thompson testified that issue was not reevaluate to the issue, but Mr. Brown countered it is
because Best failed to provide the document required to be given when a vehicle is released from the storage facility.
Then, the Judge asked me if I had anything to add, matter of fact, I did.
“I told the Court that document provided to the consumer were not in compliance with Rules and Regulations of the Texas
Department of Licensing & Regulation. The documents given to the consumer provided outdated statute numbers,
incomplete Rights to Stored Vehicle Owner or Operator, the parking facility failed to have signs posted 24 hours prior to
towing, and that Mr. Thompson took a test in order to be issued an Wrecker Operator License from the Texas Department of
Licensing and Regulation that covered the very issue he violated”.
My opinion of this entire Court proceeding was that Mr. Thompson failed to prove to the Court that Probable Cause existed to
have Mr. Brown’s truck towed, in short, it was stolen and theft was committed when James Thompson forced Robert Brown
to pay a fee of over $1500 to retrieve his vehicle.
TDLR should suspend Mr. Thompson’s license (4056) for blatantly violating State Law in this matter.
If the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Commission does not issue a large fine, not to mention suspensions in
these criminal illegal towing incidents, the public will deeply disappointed.
No company is above the State Law and we expect Texas regulatory agencies to hold licensees responsible for their actions.
|Misdemeanor, towing companies are towing vehicles by the hundreds illegally because they know that the law enforcement
agency is not going to do anything, much less allows a citizen to file an offense report for an illegal tow, to be investigated by
Since the wrecker drivers are now supposed to be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, if the
current written test given to all applicants, does not include a question, “can I tow a vehicle without the vehicle owner’s
consent for a permit violation with no red the red and white towing sign, is legal, and posted prior to towing the vehicle. This
is an area of the Law, that a majority of wrecker drivers are not adequately trained to make a determination if the reason they
are going to tow a vehicle is legal.
Being a former General Manager for the Largest Private Property towing company in San Antonio, drivers where provided
with a “list” of patrol and limited patrol accounts with the violation codes. The wrecker drivers were hired for one purpose,
bring impounds to the storage lot, which is no different than what other towing companies do. I have seen on more than
occasion, were a local Austin towing company, sent 3 tow trucks into a large apartment complex, towed of 30 vehicles within
an hour, towed impounds behind a building away from the site, this is called “stashing”, then have their company rollbacks
transport the impounds to the vehicle storage facility.
Sadly, this goes on daily.
The licensing of Registered Sex Offenders and Murderers by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, for
Occupation Licenses, must be stopped. A 17 year old female consumer calls for a tow truck and the driver of the tow truck
who arrives is a Serial Rapist, but the 17 year old is not aware that the guy is a Registered Sex Offender. Is the State of
Texas willing to risk bodily injury or even rape of a female consumer by licensing these types convicts? The protocol for
deciding which convicted felons receives an Occupation License is severely flawed and should be addressed now!
I recall that an Austin towing company employed a convicted murderer released on parole. This individual (Al Norman) blew
up after vehicle owner’s wife started calling Norman a whole lot vulgar words, Norman approached the woman and struck
her with a baseball bat, then turn on her husband still in a wheelchair and punched him 3 to 4 times before driving way their
vehicle. After a couple of years in the courts, a judgment was rendered in the amount of $80,000, that towing company paid.
The argument that towing signs get knocked now, so do highway signs, the bottom line is of the sign if constructed with the
right material and anchored in the ground, they will not be knocked down. Again, this is the responsibility of the parking
facility, not the towing company.
The issue about where the tow hearing is to be heard by a Judge, as of now, the hearing is held in the precinct that the
storage facility is located in. One of the reasons it changed in the last session of the Legislature was because I was ill much
of the session, unable to attend the meetings. Now, this session being January 15th, I plan to lobby several members both
in the house and senate, because these issues about illegal towing are a nonpartisan, I am sure that every member of the
Legislature has heard about tragic event regarding towing in their district.
In the original writing of “Rights to Stored Vehicle Owner” written by myself in 1995, specially called for the Tow Hearing to be
heard in the precinct where the parking facility is located. The reason for this was to give residents, who are also voters, the
right to have their Tow Hearing heard by a Justice of Peace they are given the opportunity to vote for or against.
As it now, in the Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso, Robstown, McAllen and even here in Austin, towing companies are
towing vehicle to another city or different Justice of the Peace jurisdiction. It’s already been proven that several judges that
hear towing case are recipients of big campaign contributors from the towing companies.
This mentality of it’s a civil matter needs to change!
If probable cause does not exist to take a $40,000 vehicle, a licensed wrecker driver, should be arrested, if he/she tows the
vehicle, bottom line! As it is now, wrecker drivers are breaking into tractor trailers (18 wheelers), hot wiring the ignition, then
driving them to the storage lot and turnaround charging the owner or operator two towing fees, one for the tractor, one for the
With Federal Preemption in place, the only viable way to deal with these devastating and aggressive towing companies is to
place the licensee under arrest and be prosecuted in a Court of Law for violating the Texas Towing Law.
Until this happens, these problems we are seeing today will only get worse!
Personal Property from
It disturbs me, that several
members of the Texas
Towing and Storage
Advisory Board, who
Regulations, a regulatory
agency, violate State Law
|Sadistic Towing Scam Targets Wounded Fort Hood Soldiers Returning from Iraq
towed 50+ soldier's vehicles from the parking lot of an apartment complex where they live.
As of today, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, the Office of the Attorney General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
DPS Texas Rangers, Texas Department of License & Regulations, the Internal Revenue Service and the Texas State
Comptrollers have all opened investigations into the deceptive business practices of this towing company, their vehicle
storage facility and the property management company.
This towing company and vehicle storage facility are members of the Texas Towing and Storage Association.
Beside the towing sign being totally out of compliance and the Killeen Police Department allowing any vehicle to be
towed from a private parking facility with a sign as this posted, the citizens and visitors to Killeen, Texas are victims of
widespread criminal illegal towing and corruption, being their police department that refuses to uphold the law.
The Killeen Police Department commissioned peace officers refusal to uphold the criminal offenses surrounding this
horrific criminal illegal towing event is perfect example of Official Oppression.
|HOW TO STOP THE STEALING OF VEHICLES AND CRIMINALS THAT TARGET MOTORIST
In an illegal towing incident in Wills Point, Texas, a towing company, Fuller’s Towing and Recovery Service more
|Bexar Towing busted again, read report. $87K fine
Bexar Towing Update: $98,090 fine for tow fee scandal 8.15.2013
Austin based Park Right Solutions busted by TDLR, $1000 fine, read the investigation report!
Austin based towing company, A&A Wrecker & Recovery busted for drop fee scam, read the report!
A&A Wrecker & Recovery busted for 2nd time by TDLR, read the report!
San Marcos based Natals Wrecker Service busted for 2 time, $4000 fine and revoke license, read the report!
San Antonio based Atlas Towing busted for overcharging tow fee, read the report!
Fort Worth based Sega Tow busted by TDLR, $18,000 fine, read the report!
Two Galveston companies nabbed by TDLR, read the report and be forwarned!
Houston based Redlight Wreckers fined $8500 for repeated violations of State Law, read report!
TDLR has assessed AAArlington a $13,000 fine and demanded a 1 year suspension of VSF
Extreme Towing of El Paso hit with another TDLR fine, $8000 and the suspend license for 1 year!
Woodsboro Towing & Storage fined $4000 for selling vehicle without notifying lienholder.
Texas A&M University towing fee scam, charging towing fee without towing vehicle, see the citation for towing.
Dickey's & Sammy's Wrecker Service of Baytown busted by TDLR, $21,000 fine, read the report.
Tribble & Son Wrecker Service fined $15,750 plus two years probation for dishonesty.
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|Tow operators are not authorized to make entry into a motor vehicle for purposes of towing the vehicle under the non-
consent tow provisions of Occupations Code 2308. Use of a “slim jim" or other device is not authorized under the towing
statute or rules. After review of Occupations Code 2308, specifically section 2308.255, a tow operator is only authorized
to "remove and store" unauthorized vehicles. Nothing in Occupations Code 2308.255 or the balance of that chapter
explicitly or implicitly authorizes a tow operator to break into or otherwise enter a locked vehicle with a and limited
purpose of removal and storage of the vehicle. If you observe a tow operator trying to unlock a vehicle door without
the owner with a “slim jim” or other device without the consent of the owner or operator, call 911 to report a
burglary of a vehicle in progress.