Tow Trucks, Operators and Vehicle Storage Facilities

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The Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting will be broadcast live on TDLR's web site.

TDLR proposes amendments to the Vehicle Towing and Booting program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 86, §86.455). The amendments are proposed to implement Texas Occupations Code, 2308.0575(f) which requires the Department to conduct a study on private property towing fees at least once every two years. The proposed rule amendments are published in the October 24, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 8358). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 24, 2014.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Vehicle Towing and Booting program to review the rule proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.


TDLR proposes amendments to the Vehicle Storage Facilities program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 85, §85.10 and §85.719). The proposed amendments are necessary to implement Texas Occupations Code, 2303.155(b)(5) which authorizes the Commission to establish a maximum fee that a vehicle storage facility may charge for the remediation, recovery, capture or disposal of environmental or biological hazards. The proposed rule amendments are proposed in the October 17, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 8120). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 17, 2014.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Vehicle Storage Facilities program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.


Sample Towing and Booting Signs - examples of TDLR-approved towing and booting signs:


The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amended rules regarding the Vehicle Towing and Booting program (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 86, §86.250).  The effective date of the rule adoption is September 30, 2014.  The adoption justification is online.

The Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board met September 4 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Towing, Storage and Booting Program

Booting Frequently Asked Questions

Notice of Abandonment to Law Enforcement - Frequently Asked Questions

Registering a Used Tow Truck - Frequently Asked Questions

Proposed Amendments to Vehicle Towing Administrative Rules
Proposed Amendments to Vehicle Storage Facility Administrative Rules
Proposed Amendments to Vehicle Booting Administrative Rules

Consumer Information about Towing and Booting

NEW - Order a duplicate license online

Change your contact information online

House Bill 338 Amends Hearing Jurisdiction For Towing and Booting

TDLR is now accepting online payment for administrative penalties for Tow Operators and Vehicle Storage Facilities.

Statewide Maximum Charges for Private property towing went into effect on September 1, 2010 - The 2009 Legislature passed HB2571 to amend the Towing and Booting Act. The bill requires TDLR’s Commission to adopt rules to establish the maximum amount that may be charged for private property tows in Texas. The bill also requires the Commission to specify the type and amount of any fee that may be charged in connection with a private property tow, other than the tow fee. After months of review and input from the public and industry, the Towing and Booting Advisory Board made recommendations to TDLR’s Commission. On August 9, 2010, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation established the statewide maximum amounts for private property tows and specified that a drop fee may also be charged. The private property statewide maximum tow charges went into effect on September 1, 2010. A tow company performing private property tows may not charge more than the private property statewide maximum tow amounts on or after that date. Please review these Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

All tow truck operators must be licensed. There are three different types of tow operator licenses: the Incident Management Tow Operator License, the Private Property Tow Operator License, and The Consent Tow Operator License. Tow truck operators need to choose only one designation. The Incident Management License allows a driver to perform incident management towing, private property towing and consent towing. The Private Property License allows private property towing and consent towing. The Consent Towing License only authorizes consent towing.

The Incident Management Feasibility Study (734kb PDF) has been completed by Morningside Research and Consulting, Inc. The study includes information about:

· the fees charged for motor vehicle towing services;
· the feasibility and effects of the implementation of a fee schedule or establishment of a maximum fee for motor vehicle towing services;
· the terms and timing of payment to incident management towing companies including payment for the release of semitrailers and other motor vehicles; and
· evaluate any other aspect of the towing of motor vehicles that the agency determines necessary.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the study. The agency has the study online for you to review.

REMINDER: The requirement to submit non-consent tow fee schedules to TDLR was repealed September 1, 2011.

Tow companies that perform non-consent tows are no longer required to submit their non-consent tow fee schedules to the Department.


Tow companies that perform non-consent tows must still provide a non-consent tow fee schedule to all vehicle storage facilities to which the tow company delivers vehicles for storage. Upon request, vehicle storage facilities must provide a copy of the non-consent tow fees. Please note that for private property tows, tow companies that perform non-consent tows may not charge a fee that is greater than the statewide maximum private property fees set by the Department. Tow companies may not charge more than private property tow and drop fees set by a municipality, if those fees are less than the statewide maximum private property fees.

For incident management tows, tow companies that perform non-consent tows may not charge a fee greater than the tow fees authorized by the municipality or local government where a tow originated.

Sample tow tickets now available

Reporting Abandoned Nuisance Vehicles

Number of Days a Vehicle Storage Facility Has to Send Second Notice - Effective September 1, 2011, a licensed vehicle storage facility now sends the second notice 15 days after the first notice to the registered owner/lienholder. For a vehicle accepted by the licensed vehicle storage facility before September 1, 2011, the vehicle storage facility must wait 41 days before sending the second notice.

 

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