Sunday, February 1, 2009

Conflict of Interest

After speaking with both law enforcement representatives that were appointed to the Texas Towing and Storage Advisory Board, that advises the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, both agree that a conflict of interest exist between two other board members.

A business or individual that holds a license through this agency is required to obey State Law. There can be no preferential treatment for any license holder, board member or commissioner that violates State Law, period.

There are no valid excuses for violating the vehicle storage facility regulations or rules since this law has been in effect for over 10 years.

The conduct of Milstead Automotive Ltd regarding the charging of two towing fees when only one tow truck was used to tow the truck and trailer is illegal. Those companies that charge consumers unauthorized towing charges when the truck and trailer is burglarized, then driven to the storage facility and charged two towing fees, should have their license revoked, in addition to be arrested.

The current makeup the Advisory Board does not represent the many towing companies who obey the law, and find it insulting their interest is in the hands of two board members that blalantly violate the State Law on a regular basis.

It would be in the best interest of the Towing Industry if Amy Millstead-Ellzey and Joann Messina would resign from their position on the Advisory Board, because quite frankly integrity is something neither seem to have, based for current investigations by TDLR and law enforcement.