TDLR Keeps Pace with Issuing Administrative Fines for Licensees Who Refuse to Obey The Law

We are quite pleased at the progress of the TDLR Prosecutors, Investigators and Enforcement Staff in dealing with the onslaught of complaints coming in from around state by consumers who believed they were taken advantage of. We don’t expect a slowdown in complaints being filed anytime soon, as certain members of the Southwest Tow Operators would rather take the chance of not getting caught, while they line their pockets.

Vehicle owners, operators and insurance adjusters are encouraged to keep filing complaints as directed within our website for towing, vehicle storage and booting as if you don’t file a complaint, these bad apples will continue to prey on the public.

The latest administrative fines issued:

Company: C & W AUTO REPAIR
City: CAMERON
County: MILAM
Zip Code: 76520

Company: C & W TOWING
City: CAMERON
County: MILAM
Zip Code: 76520

Company: WALLIS COMPANY INC
City: CAMERON
County: MILAM
Zip Code: 76520

License #: 617800vsf

Complaint # VSF20140004554

Date: 12/22/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,650.

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 issued a notification which failed to include all the required information; Respondent failed to maintain records which included all the required information.
Company: TRIPLE R COLLISION REPAIR INC
City: NOCONA
County: MONTAGUE
Zip Code: 76255

License #: 646865VSF

Complaint # VSF20150010936

Date: 12/22/2015

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

Respondent issued a notification which failed to include all the required information; Respondent charged an additional fee for storage which is not authorized by law.
Company: TEXAS DOMAIN WRECKER SERVICE INC
City: LAREDO
County: WEBB
Zip Code: 78041

License #: 648325VSF

Complaint # VSF20150014387

Date: 12/22/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $4,725. An administrative penalty of $550 is assessed for TOW20150014378; and an administrative penalty of $3,725 is assessed for VSF20150014387.

Respondent failed to provide any towing records, notices and any other documents requested by the inspector; Respondent failed to make VSF records available upon request; 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; Respondent operated a vehicle storage facility in the state of Texas without holding the appropriate license; Respondent operated a VSF without a VSF employee license; 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 sign posted at the VSF which listed all the forms of payment accepted by the VSF.
MORA, THOMAS Y

Company: ALBERT’S VEHICLE STORAGE FACILITY
City: AUSTIN
County: TRAVIS
Zip Code: 78721

License #: 646697vsf

Complaint # VSF20140000716

Date: 12/16/2015

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

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 maintain records at the principal office; Respondent failed to have sign posted at the VSF which listed all the forms of payment accepted by the VSF.
MARTINEZ, CAMILO LOPEZ

Company: LOPEZ AUTO SALVAGE
City: SOCORRO
County: EL PASO
Zip Code: 79927

Company: LOPEZ AUTO SERVICE
City: SOCORRO
County: EL PASO
Zip Code: 79927

License #: 11349

Complaint # TOW20140009159

Date: 12/22/2015

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

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.
Company: TEXAS DOMAIN WRECKER SERVICE INC
City: LAREDO
County: WEBB
Zip Code: 78041

License #: 6476517C

Complaint # TOW20150014378

Date: 12/22/2015

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty of $4,725. An administrative penalty of $550 is assessed for TOW20150014387; and an administrative penalty of $3,725 is assessed for VSF20150014378.

Respondent failed to provide any towing records, notices and any other documents requested by the inspector; Respondent failed to make VSF records available upon request; 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; Respondent operated a vehicle storage facility in the state of Texas without holding the appropriate license; Respondent operated a VSF without a VSF employee license; 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 sign posted at the VSF which listed all the forms of payment accepted by the VSF.
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