More TDLR Administrative Fines for Those Who Deserve It

Influencing Peddling & Cash = Corruption

TDLR continues to send Christmas cards to their licensees after their Elves dropped by to pay them of a visit about their business practices of which constitutes violations of the Texas Towing, Storage & Booting Act. It does not take a rocket scientist to obey the regulations and rules set forth in State Law, but unfortunately, some licensees believe they can skirt the law and get away with it until they take advantage of a consumer who files the almighty TDLR complaints.

The latest round of fines issued between Nov 23rd and Dec 3rd are as follows:

GARCIA, GILBERT

Company: GILBERT’S BODY SHOP
City: UVALDE
County: UVALDE
Zip Code: 78801

License #: 549214VSF

Complaint # VSF20150007657

Date: 12/3/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $5,250.

Respondent failed to have all VSF employees complete the required drug testing; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle; Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed.
COOTS, VIRGIL R

Company: RAY’S AUTO REPAIR
City: BURLINGTON
County: MILAM
Zip Code: 76519

License #: 552909VSF

Complaint # VSF20140004551

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $750.

Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle.
SOLIZ, JOE M

Company: SOLIZ EXXON
City: SINTON
County: SAN PATRICIO
Zip Code: 78387

License #: 1277VSF

Complaint # VSF20140020812

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,200.

Respondent failed to issue notification to a vehicle’s owner and all recorded lien holders within five days of receipt of a stored vehicle registered in this state; Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed.
Company: ACE 1 WRECKER SERVICE, LLC
City: CORPUS CHRISTI
County: NUECES
Zip Code: 78403 License #: 520796VSF

Complaint # VSF20140020884

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,950.

Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to have sign posted at the VSF listing all the documents that may be presented to obtain possession of the vehicle; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle; Respondent failed to include all the required information in each mailed notification; Respondent failed to maintain all required documentation and records.
TELLEZ, ABRAHAM

Company: TELLEZ TOWING & RECOVERY SERVICE
City: ROCKPORT
County: ARANSAS
Zip Code: 78381

License #: 560334VSF

Complaint # VSF20150002711

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $3,700. An administrative penalty of $1,500 is assessed for TOW20150002687; and an administrative penalty of $2,200 is assessed for VSF20150002530.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent employed a person who did not hold a vehicle storage facility employee license; Respondent failed to obtain a copy of the tow truck cab card for the removal of a stored vehicle; Respondent failed to issue notification to a vehicle’s owner and all recorded lien holders within five days of receipt of a stored vehicle registered in this state; Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle.
MITTAG, EDWIN A

Company: HUGHES WRECKER SERVICE
City: RIVIERA
County: KLEBERG
Zip Code: 78379

License #(s): 625774VSF, 913VSF, 1674VSF

Complaint # VSF20150002727

Date: 12/1/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $6,000.

Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to obtain a copy of the cab card and TDLR tow operator license on a stored vehicle; Respondent failed to maintain records at the principal office; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle.
MITTAG, EDWIN A

Company: MICHAEL’S TOWING SERVICE LIC 0000913VSF
City: KINGSVILLE
County: KLEBERG
Zip Code: 78363

License #(s): 625774VSF, 913VSF, 1674VSF

Complaint # VSF20150002795

Date: 12/1/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $6,000.

Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to obtain a copy of the cab card and TDLR tow operator license on a stored vehicle; Respondent failed to maintain records at the principal office; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle.
MITTAG, EDWIN A

Company: RIVIERA TRUCK & AUTO SERVICE
City: RIVIERA
County: KLEBERG
Zip Code: 78379

License #(s): 625774VSF, 913VSF, 1674VSF

Complaint # VSF20150002871

Date: 12/1/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $6,000.

Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to obtain a copy of the cab card and TDLR tow operator license on a stored vehicle; Respondent failed to maintain records at the principal office; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle.
MORGAN, JACK

MORGAN, MERLINE D

Company: JR’S AUTOMOTIVE LIC NO. 0646880VSF
City: LONGVIEW
County: GREGG
Zip Code: 75605

License #: 647352vsf

Complaint # VSF20130012366

Date: 11/23/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,350.

Respondent failed to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles or a law enforcement agency that proper notices had been provided for an abandoned vehicle; Respondent maintained the required records at an alternate location other than the principal office without approval from the Department.
REBOLLOSO, ANTONIA

Company: GOMEZ TOWING
City: AUSTIN
County: TRAVIS
Zip Code: 78744

License #: 6163118C

Complaint # TOW20140003214

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,200.

Respondent’s tow truck failed to have a legible manufacturer’s data plate or a document from the manufacturer stating the capacity of the boom, winch, and carrying mechanism; Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent’s tow ticket failed to indicate the TDLR license number of the towing operator.
Company: PC BODY AND PAINT
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77063Company: SARAH INVESTMENT INC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77063

License #: 5865964C

Complaint # TOW20140006963

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy.
TELLEZ, ABRAHAM

Company: TELLEZ TOWING & RECOVERY SERVICE
City: ROCKPORT
County: ARANSAS
Zip Code: 78381

License #: 5482001C

Complaint # TOW20150002687

Date: 12/2/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $3,700. An administrative penalty of $1,500 is assessed for TOW20150002687; and an administrative penalty of $2,200 is assessed for VSF20150002530.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent employed a person who did not hold a vehicle storage facility employee license; Respondent failed to obtain a copy of the tow truck cab card for the removal of a stored vehicle; Respondent failed to issue notification to a vehicle’s owner and all recorded lien holders within five days of receipt of a stored vehicle registered in this state; Respondent charged an impoundment fee but the written bill for services did not specify the exact services performed for that fee and the dates those services were performed; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle.
FERNANDEZ, ENRIQUE V

Company: ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOWING
City: EL PASO
County: EL PASO
Zip Code: 79936

License #: 6465340C

Complaint # TOW20150022141

Date: 12/1/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,400.

Respondent operated a tow truck company with an expired license; Respondent performed work as a tow truck operator with an expired license; Respondent used an unpermitted tow truck to perform towing operations.
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