The public continues to be victimized by predatory illegal towing, blessed by the Austin Police Department’s Wrecker Enforcement Unit due to the known fact they refuse to uphold State Law, on the books for 20 years.
Pronto’s Wrecker Service has towed thousands of vehicles from the parking lot at 3203 Red River Street without probable cause due to illegal tow signs posted.
The illegal tow sign shown above is posted as you enter the parking lot from 32nd Street clearly does not meet the requirements of State Law, specifically Occupations Code 2308.301 and 302.
(b) A bright red international towing symbol, which is a solid silhouette of a tow truck towing a vehicle on a generally rectangular white background, at least four inches in height, must be on the uppermost portion of a sign or on a separate sign placed immediately above the sign.
The portion of the sign immediately below the international towing symbol must:
(1)(B) in lettering at least two inches in height, contain the words, as applicable:
(B) “Towing Enforced”
bears the words, as applicable:
(B) “Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owner’s or Operator’s Expense”
By looking at the sign above, it clearly does not meet this requirement and each the three violations carries both civil and criminal penalties against whoever authorized the tow and the tow truck operator who tows a vehicles in violation of the law.
The main problem with our Police Department’s refusal not to enforce these requirements deals with their interpretation of 2308.407, which states:
A minor variation of a required or minimum height of a sign or lettering is not a violation of this chapter.
Anyone who can read can clearly understand the definition of “minimum heights or lettering”, does not include omitted verbiage, text or a solid silhouette.
The Legislature made the verbatim use of this language unequivocal by placing it with quotation marks within the statute, but the Austin Police Department Wrecker Enforcement Detectives have been instructed by their chain of command not to enforce the law as written, that has allowed 20+ years of criminal behavior by predatory tow companies, who enjoy the privilege granted to them to violate the law with impunity.
This amounts to nothing other than CORRUPTION within the COMMAND staff of the Austin Police Department, to which we filed an Internal Affairs Complaint with the Austin Police Monitor.
The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations continues to issue administrative fines to tow company who tow with illegal tow signs posted.
Many law enforcement agencies file criminal charges against tow truck operators and parking facilities for committing violations of the towing, booting and storage statute.
The many attorneys who represent vehicle owners in Courts across Texas continue to score wins before a Judge for the same reasons APD refuses to enforce the law for.
It’s in our opinion not every member of the Austin Police Department is corrupt, but a large number of them are due to bribes they accepted over the past 40 years from the New Family, owners of Southside Wrecker, as Bobby New has claimed many times publicly “he as APD in his back pocket”.
It’s all about money, your money, as our Police Chief used the finalist list for the new San Antonio Police Department Chief of Police to get a pay raise, the taxpayers are footing the bill, when in fact the San Antonio Police Officers Association fought tooth and nail to keep Acevedo from being their new Chief of Police as the former SAPD Police Chief McManus accepted the job. San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley has stated in the San Antonio media “she was quite upset” with Acevedo using them as pawn to get a pay increase.
It’s not ethically right for the Austin Police Department to allow criminal enterprises disguised as tow companies to intentionally commit criminal acts against the citizens and tourists of Austin with impunity at the taxpaying citizens misery.