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Emergency Suspension of Certain VSF Technical Requirements

Severe Weather Disaster Declaration, Spring 2024 To assist with the ongoing disaster recovery efforts in response to recent severe weather events and catastrophic loss or injury to property and life throughout Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules related to the physical requirements for establishing a licensed Vehicle Storage Facility… Read More about Emergency Suspension of Certain VSF Technical Requirements

Beware Of People Posing as TDLR Inspectors

Inspectors for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will never request or accept money under any circumstances while calling, visiting or conducting an inspection. Real TDLR inspectors will: Real TDLR inspectors cannot and will not: If someone posing as a TDLR employee approaches or calls you, please contact TDLR and law enforcement immediately. Impersonating a public servant is… Read More about Beware Of People Posing as TDLR Inspectors

Continuing Education Requirements

HB 1560, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, amended Occupations Code §2308.157 and §2308.159(c) under the Towing statute, and transferred authority regarding the continuing education requirements to TDLR’s enabling statute, Chapter 51 of the Texas Occupations Code. Please note that no changes were made, and Towing program licensees are still… Read More about Continuing Education Requirements

Changes to Private Property Towing Fees

On October 5, 2021, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code, Section 86.455, changing the maximum amount that towing companies can charge for private property tows starting on November 1, 2021. The Commission also adopted amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code, Section 85.722, changing the allowable impoundment fee… Read More about Changes to Private Property Towing Fees

HB 914: Designated Municipal Employees May Now Order Vehicles Towed if Parked Illegally or Abandoned

House Bill 914, enacted by the 87thLegislature, authorizes a designated municipal employee to request the towing and storage of vehicles that are either illegally parked or abandoned. Parking compliance officers are now authorized to order the towing and storage of vehicles from public right-of-ways, allowing police officers to focus on more serious public safety concerns…. Read More about HB 914: Designated Municipal Employees May Now Order Vehicles Towed if Parked Illegally or Abandoned

Notice to VSFs Accepting Property from a Self-Storage Facility

Senate Bill 1181, 87th Legislature, allows a self-storage facility to forego its lien on a vehicle, trailer, boat, or boat motor and transfer the property to a licensed vehicle storage facility (VSF), if there is a provision authorizing the transfer contained in the rental agreement between the lessor and the tenant. Licensed VSFs may, but… Read More about Notice to VSFs Accepting Property from a Self-Storage Facility