Predatory Southwest Tow Operators’ Member Longhorn Wrecker Inc Fined $43,950 by TDLR

Longhorn Wrecker Thievs

Everyone in the DFW area knows about Longhorn Wrecker Inc, as these thieves have been stealing vehicles for years, playing the legal system to avoid prosecution by their licensing agency, the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations. Well, there day has finally come, as TDLR slammed this highly dishonest company with an administrative fine of $43,950 and recently handed a Judgement for illegal towing for $47, 227.14, which they have failed to pay that is costing them $100 day until paid.

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Folks, that is close to $100,000 and they deserve every bit of these high dollar bills if one considers the thousands of vehicle owners and operators they have taken advantage of over the past five years.

Company: LONGHORN WRECKER INC
City: DALLAS
County: DALLAS
Zip Code: 75220

License #: 6127047C

Complaint # TOW20140013838

Date: 2/8/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $43,950. An administrative penalty of $32,950 is assessed for TOW20130017536, TOW20130017847, TOW20130021175, TOW20130022466, TOW20140001027, TOW20140001635, TOW20140001673, TOW20140001870, TOW20140002197, TOW20140002212, TOW2014006164, TOW20140010966, TOW20140008261, TOW20140008464, TOW20140010641, TOW20140011591, TOW20140013245, TOWE20140013303, TOW20140013838, TOW20140015491, and TOW20140015777; and an administrative penalty of $11,000 is assessed for VSF20120009678, VSF20130015037, VSF20140002987, and VSF20130023417. Respondent’s Vehicle Storage Facility license is placed on a one year probated revocation beginning the date of this order. Respondent’s Tow Company license is placed on a one year probated revocation beginning the date of this order. Respondent shall pay multiple vehicle owners fees that were overcharged to each owner.

Respondent failed to have any Form T liability insurance in force; Respondent failed to accept payment by electronic check, debit, card, or credit card; Respondent failed to allow an individual to inspect the tow ticket after demonstrating right to possession of a motor vehicle; Respondent charged an additional fee for storage which is not authorized by law; Respondent failed to notify consumer and service recipients of all required Department information; Respondent towed a vehicle from a parking facility that did not have the required signage prohibiting unauthorized vehicles; 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 have the required information in its published notices; Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle; Respondent failed to have an all-weather surface; Respondent failed to have the proper signage on both sides of the tow truck; 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 prepare and issue a tow ticket for each nonconsent tow; Respondent required cash for a drop fee; Respondent towed a vehicle that was authorized to park on the property.
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