Monday, August 9, 2010

TDLR Commissioners Set Private Property Impound Fee Caps

Earlier, I attended the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations Commissioners Meeting in Austin, Texas. At this meeting, after numerous comments from towing company owners, Southwest Tow Operators, Texas Towing & Storage Association and myself for consumers, the Commissioners voted on fee caps, mandated by State Law.

Effective September 1, 2010, the maximum towing fee for private property impounds are:

Light Duty, vehicles under 10,000 lbs : $250.00, on property drop fee $125.00

Medium Duty, vehicles over 10K but under 26K lbs : $350.00, on property drop fee $175.00

Heavy Duty, vehicles over 26, 001 lbs : $450.00, on property drop fee $225.00

Municipalities who's private property towing fees exceed the maximum fees must reflect these changes. In a way, I consider these fee caps a win win for consumers and the trucking industry who have been gouged in unregulated areas.

A municipality or county commissioners can set rates lower than the maximum fee, but not above.