I would like to share with readers an online communication with towing victim who contacted me through Texas Towing Compliance in 2008, to inquire about illegal towing.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:06:20 PM): hello
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:06:44 PM): your purpose?
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:07:44 PM): I was wondering what the largest proposed fine for towing violations is by TDLR
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:08:14 PM): not enough, but I seen hefty $10K+
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:08:50 PM): what about $63, 000. Is that hefty?
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:09:38 PM): not for some of some companies engaging in organized criminal activity
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:10:51 PM): We have chatted on the phone in the past. You were very helpful. I appreciate that. We spoke about Two Steppin Towing in Lake Dallas, TExas.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:11:28 PM): did you file a complaint with TDLR, of so, what have they done
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:11:36 PM): pardon typos
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:12:55 PM): I have just received a copy of a Notice of Alleged Violations against Two Steppin. The propsoed fine is $63,000. May I email you a copy of it?
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:13:21 PM): do so please
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:13:40 PM): what is you email address again?
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:13:53 PM): firstname.lastname@example.org
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:14:37 PM): what has law enforcement did for you reference criminal charges?
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:16:00 PM): Zero. Zip. Nada. I am pleased with TDLR. I think, if you get the right investigator and have the right info, they will take it seriously.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:16:41 PM): And I credit you for starting me out on the right path. That is way I am email you this. To say thank you.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:18:34 PM): well al, i talk to alot of people, kinda slow during the summer, but when universities and colleges are in session, lots of call from parents
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:20:12 PM): You are a good man, I appreciate your help and your website. Next time I am in Austin I will buy you a cold beer or a sasparilla.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:20:52 PM): just make a donation to my cause as others.........
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:21:10 PM): ok. fair enough.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:21:22 PM): donate buttoms on site
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:21:37 PM): buttons,,,brb...need to take night meds
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:28:25 PM): Pay Pal in uncooperative.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:28:44 PM): nobody else has complained
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:30:47 PM): there you go
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:30:51 PM): thanks again
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:32:07 PM): I am building a page for texastowingcompliance on facebook, feel free to write something to encourage other victims as yourself not to give up the fight
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:32:26 PM): you had the tractor trailer?
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:33:26 PM): Brilliant Idea. Thanks again. Pat. Will spread the word and send some folks your way.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:34:16 PM): TDLR is setting the max fees for private property tow eff Sept 1st
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:35:12 PM): BTW - I sent a reporter to you site. Hopefully he will mention it in the article.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:35:31 PM): if the towing industry has their way, $2000 for a tractor and trailer combo tow or a $1000 each plus storage fees
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:37:11 PM): The whole thing is outrageous. Now that I am educated, it is rare I see a private lot that is truly in compliance. I bet only one out of 100 is compliant.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:38:27 PM): if law enforcement statewide would get the same page for enforcement of criminal charges like Auto THeft, it would make a difference, I have to believe.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:39:39 PM): I hate to say it, but I think in many smaller jurisdictions the police are either uneducated or willfully blind.... for whatever reason.
texastowingcompliance (7/26/2010 11:39:40 PM): I truly believe the chairman of TDLR Frank Denton is influenced by Dick Milstead
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:44:08 PM): I just googled that name, and I see what you mean. But I think the towing issue is reaching critical mass. I pushed and pushed and pushed. Two Stepping had many compliants before mine. It was to the pint TDLR looked silly for not doing anything. I got my State Senator, Rep, and the News involved.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:44:42 PM): I called all sorts of people.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:46:52 PM): What blows me away is how people with very serious and very recent criminal histories can be approved. And I'm not talking about some jay-walking or weed charge.
al_davis_123 (7/26/2010 11:48:38 PM): Thanks again! Good night.
It's a shame TDLR is offering this company a reduced fine while the Denton Police Department shows no interest in shutting down companies who engage in organized criminal activity for profit at the expense of their citizens.