More TDLR Fines = More Revenue for Texas General Fund from Licensees

Licensees continue to believe they can get away with doing something against the law when nobody is watching, but their chances of not getting caught is growing slimmer by the day. Many of these latest round of Administrative Orders are proof, regardless the towing association one might be a member of, none of them are going to save YOU grace, after a valid complaint is filed with the supporting evidence of the violation(s).  With Texas Towing Compliance having roughly 19 million subscribers, we are watching you, whether you towed their vehicle or someone else’s vehicle and as of date, 4500 tow truck operators, who are also subscribers are watching those who they know operate outside the law and are eager to report violation to us, to forward their concerns to TDLR and the law enforcement agencies in their areas, so they can remain confidential. We are even receiving insider information on tow companies and vehicle storage facilities by their own employees who don’t trust their own employer.  Stashing impounds are reported more often and reported to TDLR.

Therefore, the following are the latest round of fines issued to licensees based on the date the Agreed Order is signed:

MUNOZ, ROGELIO

Company: PERRYTON TOWING
City: PERRYTON
County: OCHILTREE
Zip Code: 79070

License #: 6424449C

Complaint # TOW20150015384

Date: 2/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $4,500. An administrative penalty of $1,500 is assessed for TOW20150015384; and an administrative penalty of $3,000 is assessed for VSF20150015383.

Respondent performed work as a tow truck operator with an expired license; Respondent operated a vehicle storage facility in the state of Texas with an expired license; Respondent worked in a vehicle storage facility without holding an employee license.
Company: ABE’S TOWING INC
City: CORPUS CHRISTI
County: NUECES
Zip Code: 78415 License #: 5665769CComplaint # TOW20150000542
Date: 1/26/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $3,350. An administrative penalty of $750 is assessed for TOW20150000542; and an administrative penalty of $2,600 is assessed for VSF20150000524.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent failed to have all VSF employees complete the required drug testing; Respondent’s records failed to contain all the required towing information; 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: RELIABLE WRECKER SERVICE LLC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77008 License #: 6446945CComplaint # TOW20130013081
Date: 1/21/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,600.

Respondent failed to tow a vehicle to license vehicle storage facility (stashing impounds); Respondent failed to ensure that nonconsent tow tickets contained the name and certificate number of the tow truck company which performed the tow; Respondent charged a tow fee greater than allowed by city ordinance.
EMFINGER, HUNTER D

Company: TORQUED TOWING & RECOVERY
City: ANDREWS
County: ANDREWS
Zip Code: 79714

License #(s): 6450827c, 21350

Complaint # TOW20130023552

Date: 1/21/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $6,000. An administrative penalty of $900 is assessed for TOW20130023552; and an administrative penalty of $5,100 is assessed for VSF20130023550.

Respondent performed towing operations while the tow truck permit was expired; Respondent failed to secure vehicles in the VSF to prevent theft; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle; Respondent failed to separate the TOW charges from the VSF charges on a combined receipt; Respondent failed to have sign posted at the VSF listing all the documents that may be presented to obtain possession of the 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.
QUINTEN VANCE
City: PASADENA
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77505 License #: 33666Complaint # TOW20140004764
Date: 1/21/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $5,000.

Respondent operated a tow truck company with an expired license; Respondent failed to perform towing operations in a safe and competent manner. (no safety chains attached to vehicle in tow)
RIOS, INOCENCIO

Company: BIG B’S TOWING
City: SAN ANTONIO
County: BEXAR
Zip Code: 78223

License #(s): 006447465c, 20327

Complaint # TOW20140015493

Date: 1/21/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,000.

Respondent employed an unlicensed individual to operate a tow truck; Respondent operated a tow truck company without the appropriate license.
BENAVIDES, GABRIEL

Company: G TOWING
City: CORPUS CHRISTI
County: NUECES
Zip Code: 78415

License #: 6451308C

Complaint # TOW20140018312

Date: 1/19/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,300.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent failed to keep a cab card in the cab of each permitted tow truck; Respondent used a tow truck to perform towing operations with an expired truck permit.
JAMES HELLER
City: FORT WORTH
County: TARRANT
Zip Code: 76111 License #: 23895Complaint # TOW20160001126
Date: 1/14/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,200.

Respondent failed to perform each tow in a safe and competent manner; Respondent required cash only as payment for a drop charge.
GARZA, GRACIE

GARZA, ISRAEL

Company: PAPO’S WRECKER SERVICE
City: ALTON
County: HIDALGO
Zip Code: 78573

License #: 5807247C

Complaint # TOW20140012323

Date: 1/11/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,400.

Tow truck hydraulic lines were not free of leaks or were not in good working condition free of defects.
BLANTON, JOHN F

Company: J & W AUTO REPAIR
City: NACOGDOCHES
County: NACOGDOCHES
Zip Code: 75961

License #: 20028

Complaint # TOW20150024280

Date: 1/11/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.

Respondent performed work as a tow truck operator without the appropriate license.
JOSHUA S MCFATE
City: MIDLAND
County: MIDLAND
Zip Code: 79703 License #: 32255Complaint # TOW20160001986
Date: 1/11/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $450.

Respondent performed work as a tow truck operator with an expired license.
Company: J AND B HICKS INC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77093Company: U.S. 59 ENTERPRISES
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77093 License #: 574371vsf

Complaint # VSF20140019611

Date: 2/16/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.

Respondent removed a vehicle within 31 days of storage without the authorization of the vehicle owner.
MORALES, ANTONIO L

Company: TONY’S WRECKER SERVICE
City: SIERRA BLANCA
County: HUDSPETH
Zip Code: 79581

License #: 643037VSF

Complaint # VSF20140013646

Date: 2/8/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,900.

Respondent failed to notify law enforcement of an abandoned vehicle; Respondent failed to send a Second Notice letter on or before the 15th day after the First Notice was mailed; 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 failed to secure vehicles in the VSF to prevent theft; Respondent owned and operated a VSF without holding a VSF employee license.
Company: CANTU’S WRECKER SERVICE INC
City: STAFFORD
County: FORT BEND
Zip Code: 77497 License #: 648641VSFComplaint # VSF20150002416
Date: 1/14/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,950.

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 have sign posted at the VSF which listed all the forms of payment accepted by the VSF; Respondent failed to have a clearly visible and readable sign which displayed facility information in the proper lettering size; Respondent failed to have a sign displayed to the public which listed the Department’s information for purposes of directing complaints; Respondent failed to have sign stating nonconsent tow fees schedule available upon request; Respondent failed to keep the required written records; Respondent failed to use plastic or canvas tarpaulins to ensure the impoundment of the vehicle; VSF-No reasonable efforts to store.
VIDAURRI, ANACLETO

Company: JR’S TOWING & ROADSIDE SERVICE
City: BEEVILLE
County: BEE
Zip Code: 78102

License #: 644235VSF

Complaint # VSF20140013105

Date: 1/11/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $4,550. An administrative penalty of $2,000 is assessed for TOW20140013127; and an administrative penalty of $2,550 is assessed for VSF20140013105.

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 maintained records at an alternate location not approved by the Department; 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 failed to send a Second Notice letter on or before the 15th day after the First Notice was mailed; Respondent charged an additional fee for storage which is not authorized by law.
LEYUA, MARIA D

Company: ALL AMERICAN TOWING
City: ROSENBERG
County: FORT BEND
Zip Code: 77471

License #: 602508VSF

Complaint # VSF20150015551

Date: 1/11/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $7,500.

Respondent employed an individual to work at the VSF with an expired VSF employee license; Respondent failed to have all VSF employees complete the required drug testing; Respondent maintained records at an alternate location without the approval of the Department; 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 have a sign displayed to the public which listed the Department’s information for purposes of directing complaints.
GARZA, MARGARITA

Company: ALTON TOWING
City: ALTON
County: HIDALGO
Zip Code: 78573

License #: 598993VSF

Complaint # VSF20140012346

Date: 12/16/2015

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

Respondent failed to have all VSF employees complete the required drug testing; Respondent operated two VSF’s within the same fenced area.
GARZA, LEOPOLDO

Company: POLO’S WRECKER SE
City: LAREDO
County: WEBB
Zip Code: 78040

License #: 547762VSF

Complaint # VSF20140012599

Date: 12/16/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,700.

Respondent failed to provide documentation upon request; Respondent failed to have a clearly visible and readable sign which displayed facility information in the proper lettering size; 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 have a sign displayed to the public which listed the Department’s information for purposes of directing complaints.
SEGURA, ALEX

Company: TEXAS RECOVERY SERVICES (VSF)
City: WEATHERFORD
County: PARKER
Zip Code: 76086

License #: 643820VSF

Complaint # VSF20150014041

Date: 12/16/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $4,900.

Respondent owned and operated a VSF with an expired license; Respondent failed to separate the TOW charges from the VSF charges on a combined receipt; Respondent failed to notify consumer and service recipients of all required Department information; Respondent failed to have a sign displayed to the public which listed the Department’s information for purposes of directing complaints.
GARZA, ELSA

Company: SELECT TOWING
City: ROSENBERG
County: FORT BEND
Zip Code: 77471

License #: 646521VSF

Complaint # VSF20150015395

Date: 12/16/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $4,100.

Respondent failed to have all VSF employees complete the required drug testing; Respondent was maintaining the required records at a location other than its principal office; Respondent failed to have a sign in view of the person who claims the vehicle setting out the charge for storage and all other fees, which may be charged by the storage lot, including notification and impoundment fees.
Company: ACTION WRECKER SERVICE INC
City: MIDLAND
County: MIDLAND
Zip Code: 79703 License #: 602742VSFComplaint # VSF20150015540
Date: 12/16/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $1,600. An administrative penalty of $400 is assessed for TOW20150015539; and an administrative penalty of $1,200 is assessed for VSF20150015540.

Respondent’s tow ticket failed to indicate the TDLR license number of the towing operator; Respondent issued a notification letter which failed to contain all the required information.
Company: HOUSTON AUTO STORAGE
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77041Company: HOUSTON AUTO TECH INC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77041 License #: 578289VSF

Complaint # VSF20150008948

Date: 12/14/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,450.

Respondent failed to require an employee to take a pre-employment drug test before starting work at the VSF.
GUTIERREZ, ARTURO

Company: GUTIERREZ GARAGE LIC 0641968VSF
City: DILLEY
County: FRIO
Zip Code: 78017

License #: 641968VSF

Complaint # VSF20150015838

Date: 12/14/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,000.

Respondent issued a notification letter to a vehicle owner which failed to contain all the required information; 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.
TYRONE W MOORE
City: WALLER
County: WALLER
Zip Code: 77484 License #: 9792Complaint # VSF20160003254
Date: 12/14/2015

Respondent’s Vehicle Storage Facility Employee license was revoked by operation of law on 08/18/14.

These fines should serve as notice to all licensees, when someone arrives at your storage facility to retrieve their vehicle, you most likely are being recorded and they are documenting everything they have been taught to look for, whether it’s an unsecured vehicle (open window not tarped), failure to provide a paper copy of the non-c0nsent tow fees for the tow company, failure to display your TDLR license, failure to provide proof the notification letters have been mailed, or tow truck or booting operators who do not provide a legible receipt for the money are paid with the name of the authorizing party.

It’s simply not worth it to violate the law and regulations prescribed by TDLR as you will be CAUGHT

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