Today, in a meeting with the Austin PD Office of the Police Monitor, featuring Margo Frasier, ex Travis County Sheriff regarding the chain of command in the wrecker unit instructing the wrecker detectives not to enforce the State Towing Law verbatim, I see no reason for the Austin City Council to fund the wrecker unit FTEs. Tow Company owners now have problems just getting their tow truck operator’s APD Wrecker License renewed, waiting upwards two months and with the Auto Return contract in place, which Southside Wrecker is the only tow company towing from the downtown area, the public and small businesses (legit tow companies) are screwed.
According to Margo Frasier, APD is not going to file criminal charges against the dishonest companies, like J&J, Reliant, Park Right, Customz, G&G, Tow Times, Austin Express, Eagle One, Aviles, A&A, Central, Clark Auto Care, Lamont & Sons, Albert’s and Pronto, for towing vehicles in violation of State Law.
Therefore, the public is going to have handle these issues of illegal towing based on property managers accepting kickbacks (2308.401), illegal tow signs posted in the wrong locations (2308.301 & 302), tow truck drivers burglarizing vehicles to remove permits/steal personal property, move legally parked vehicles into violations, most of which are prohibited at apartment complexes (2308.253) and refusing to accept responsibility for damaging vehicles they outright steal, as you will receive zero assistance of our Police Department in these matters.
Reliant and J &J Towing lead the pack of thieves in stealing vehicles because their tow signs are not legal and both companies pay property managers kickbacks in the form of cash, gift cards, free towing for their employees and free legal representation in Court when sued. Since both these companies enjoy targeting low-income apartment complexes, I would not expect those residents not to take a stand and confront their tow truck drivers rather the vehicle they attempting to tow is theirs, if a driver gets assaulted, so be it as they damn sure deserve it. Again, these issues of residents and their guest having to use whatever means possible to protect their vehicles from being stolen, is because the Police refuse to enforce the law that has been in effect since 1993.
Turning apartment complexes into permit parking only and forcing their guests and family members to park on the street in high crime areas is just asking for violence to happen. I drove a tow truck for 25 years and the companies I managed, we were never as ruthless as the predatory tow companies we have operating in Central Texas today, as they simple don’t care what someone thinks, as the tv stations never do the correct type of story, as in the predatory tow industry, any news story is free advertising as dishonest businesses will calling them, knowing they can benefit financially from hiring these criminal enterprises disguised as tow companies.
Nobody enjoys waking up and walking outside to go to work, school or a doctor’s appointment, only to find their vehicles missing, from their own assigned parking space where they live, only to be told by the Police after reporting it stolen, your vehicle has been towed away. Scratching your head wondering why your vehicle towed, only to be told by a turd on the phone at the tow company, your vehicle was unauthorized to be parked on the property, although the vehicle is listed on your apartment lease. To make matters worse, the tow yard is some 15 to 45 miles from your complex, no possible way to get to work or school on time, as nobody will take you, so you go straight to the apartment office to ask why your vehicle was towed, only to be showed a photo of the vehicle’s tire 2″ over the parking space stripe and your cunt managers says their nothing she can do although she gave them authorization to tow your vehicle.
Funny you never in the ten years of living at your apartment had problem parking, until after J & J restriped the parking reducing the width of the parking space to compact size less six inches, all a money trap for residents and a big dividend for Miss Cunt manager as she is all smiles with having the late fees with your rent, because a tow truck driver (thief) towed your vehicle near the first of the month.
All these damn games to rob the public of their money and our police department allows it happen knowing they are committing criminal offenses against the public, the very people who pay through nose for expense of living in Austin.
While APD is big on writing tickets to motorists for not wearing seat belts, 95% of tow truck drivers never wear seat belts and constantly speed without being stopped…
Fight for your rights you are guaranteed by State Law after your vehicle towed, take the property management company and the landowner to Court, specifically, Travis County JP Susan Steeg, towed from anywhere in Travis County or Williamson County JP Edna Staudt towed anywhere in Williamson County, as these two Judges rule based on the law as it is written when filing the Small Claims Lawsuit for Statutory Violations and leaving the tow company out of the lawsuit. If you don’t have the money for the filing fees, both Justice Courts have a waiver based income that waives the $200 in filing and service fees. If you feel you cannot take these groups on in Court, contact the Law Office of Richard Micheal at 512-554-9411 and he will pay the filing fees and split award 50/50 less the cost for repairs to your damaged vehicle. Do not file these types of lawsuits in any other Court, as they have a record of being in bed with tow company owners and the law firms that appear in their Court.
The decision on encounters with the tow truck operators is a personal choice a vehicle owner or operator makes, rather a violent assault or outright shooting the driver, comes with consequences, as most tow trucks have cameras mounted on them, so should you choose to get in someone’s face, be prepared, as many predatory tow truck drivers are convicted felons and armed, as they are just as scared as the person they are suddenly approached by. YOU MUST TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO CONCEAL YOUR IDENTITY.
CATCHING the tow truck driver hooking up vehicle is important, as the key phrase is “DO NOT TOW MY VEHICLE” and by STATE LAW the tow truck driver cannot charge you anything if the vehicle is “NOT FULLY PREPARED TO TRANSPORT“. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AS MANY CORRUPT TOW TRUCK DRIVERS WILL DEMAND A FEE WHEN THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO A DIME AS IF THEY THREATENED TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE UNLESS YOU PAY THEM, THEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THIS EVENT AS A ROBBERY IN PROGRESS AND TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND VEHICLE, EVEN IF DEADLY FORCE IS NECESSARY. THE MOMENT YOU CATCH THEM, USE YOUR CELLPHONE TO VIDEO YOUR VEHICLE AND THE TOW TRUCK TO HAVE AS EVIDENCE THE TOW LIGHTS, BOTH SAFETY CHAINS AND THE DOLLIES IN THE RAISED POSITION IF YOUR VEHICLE IS FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND BEING LOADED FROM THE REAR. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD A VEHICLE OWNER OR OPERATOR BE AFRAID TO CONFRONT A TOW TRUCK DRIVER ATTEMPTING TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE FROM A PARKING LOT WHEN A POLICE OFFICE IS NOT PRESENT,
If your vehicle is towed to a vehicle storage facility, always record all contact, even the call to the storage facility and under no circumstance sign any of the storage facility’s business paperwork, unless you want to become a victim of identity theft. It’s highly advised everyone following the Storage Facility Procedures as prescribed by this website as everything in red is violations of State Law you will collect the civil penalty for. A vehicle storage facility is regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations and the storage facility is required by State law to give you no less than three documents, the storage facility release form, a copy of the nonconsent tow fee schedule of the tow company that delivered your vehicle to the storage facility, a copy of the tow ticket and a copy of the inventory completed by the storage facility, which allows the $20 Impound Fee. If they refuse to provide you these documents, call the Police or Sheriff prior to leaving and make sure you record the entire episode since most of these storage lot employees are pathological liars as some storage lot employees under the influences of narcotics.
After your back home with your vehicle, with these documents and recorded evidence, you are encouraged to file the four (4) complaints with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, we make this process easy for everyone to understand on what to file against each license and how to send the evidence after filing the complaints online.
We have no mercy for these corrupt tow companies and whatever happens to them while stealing vehicles in the early morning hours between 1am and 6am is their own destiny.
The statute of limitation to file this lawsuit is two years of the date of tow, drop or boot fee and don’t believe anyone who tells you that you have only 14 days, but that is for Tow Hearing where lying and make up evidence, which is a waste of time, in our opinion, since so many Judges are infected with the Black Robe Disease,
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS EVEN IF INCLUDES USE OF FORCE!
I know this State Law reference private property towing better than anyone else, since I wrote the original draft in 1991 and 1993 reference the Rights of A Stored Vehicle Owner, as the core elements have remained intact for the past 25 years, When the law were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor when, is was codified in the Vernon Civil Statutes, then re-codified again into the Transportation Code and re-codified in the Occupations Code, where it is today.
After fighting corruption within the towing industry, law enforcement and corrupt politicians, it has taken a toll on my health, while battling the AIDS Epidemic for 34 years and 9 months, as recently, I was told in writing by doctors, I am dying and soon, I could die and their will be nobody left the fight the dishonest tow companies and help the thousands of victims across the Great State of Texas, Thank to a generous donor, the web hosting fee have been paid in full so this website will remain online until 2026, so victims will have resource to understand their rights and how to take people to Court to recover the damages they are entitled to guaranteed by Texas State Law.
I will be taking a break for a while, but have other contributing editors, recent graduates of the University of Texas At Austin Investigating Journalism Class taught by Doug Swanson from the Dallas Morning News that be writing articles in my absence.