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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lone Star Towing of Fort Worth Stealing Vehicles in Illegal Tow Sign Scam

Lone Star Towing Illegal Sign

Everyone that has been towed by Lone Star Towing is entitled to a refund if the above tow sign is posted at the parking facility they parked at. The above tow sign is an illegal sign for several reasons:

It lacks the phrase: “Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owner’s or Operator’s Expense”

It lacks the phrase: “Towing Enforced” without any added text in the red background beneath the tow truck symbol.
It lacks the required information stating the days and hours towing is enforced.

Everyone that has been towed regardless the reason should file a request for a tow hearing, as Lone Star is failing to provide the name of the person, their address and phone number. The 14 day deadline to file the towing hearing is void when this information is not provided on the vehicle release documents.

It’s also advised that the vehicle owner or operator file an online complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations against Lone Star’s tow company and vehicle storage facility licenses, as they will be fined for these violations, the more complaints, the more likelihood their licenses will be suspended or revoked.

The statute of limitation to file a tow hearing or statutory violation lawsuit is two years from the date your vehicle was towed.

Tow victims who are unsure about their ability to take Lone Star Towing and the parking facility on in court are encouraged to contact 817-704-3984 for assistance.

Any other questions, call the tow victim’s 24 hour hotline at 512-680-3190.

Monday, April 28, 2014

TDLR Seeks $28K Fine From Southwest Tow Operators Member Company

Once again, another member of the Southwest Tow Operators is in trouble with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations for violating the rules and regulations.

Big Daddy’s Wrecker Service in Hillsboro, Texas attempted to scam an insurance company with regards to a tractor trailer involved in a traffic accident on 35E at mile marker 358 over unauthorized charges, failure to provide a nonconsent tow fee schedule and refusing to release the vehicle when the department approved released document was provided.

TDLR is seeking to fine Big Daddy’s Wrecker Service and their vehicle storage facility $28,120, this fine alone should send a strong message to towing companies and vehicle storage facilities, if you try to scam someone, the price you will be paying in fines, is simply not worth it.

Any vehicle owner that thinks the charges on their towing and storage bill who were involved in a traffic accident are outrageous or suspect they are being scammed, are urged to file an online complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations.

Read the investigative report here.


Anyone who has been towed or charged a drop fee by Texas Impound Services has been illegally towed if the above sign is posted at the parking facility.  This sign is no longer legal effective 9-1-13 due to changes in the Texas Towing Law.

The primary reasons this sign is illegal are the red background directly beneath the tow symbol can only state: “towing enforced” and lacks the statutory requirement of the hours and days when towing is enforced.

The Denton Police Department encourages tow victims to call them to file an offense report, that will be investigated and after the investigation is completed, file criminal charges against the tow truck operator and parking facility owner/manager.

You NEVER want to pay this company a drop fee charges if this sign is posted!  Once you discover the tow truck operator hooking up your vehicle, use your cellphone to video record the entire process, as the tow lights, both safety chains and if a front wheel drive, loaded on dollies must be completed in order to charge anything.  You always want to call 911 so a Denton Police officer can arrive on the scene, so you can show the officer with your video, the vehicle was not fully loaded for transport.

The contact name for the Denton Police Department is Sgt. Tim Atcheson, his office number is 940-349-7955 during weekdays. 

It’s been documented that Texas Impound Service installs the towing signs and provides parking permits to apartment complexes, a clear violation of State Law, by providing something of value (kickbacks) to the parking facility.

Since there is a corrupt JP (Holland) in Denton, it’s advised to file the tow hearing in another Justice of the Peace in Denton County.

To collect the civil penalty award ($1000 plus triple damages) for both the tow company and parking facility for committing statutory violations, it recommended that tow victims contact Norred Law at 817-704-3984, as this process requires expertise or you could end up leaving Court with a judgement against you for the attorneys fee for the parking facility.

Always file an online complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations if you are towed by Texas Impound Services LLC.

The statute of limitation for tow hearings and statutory violation lawsuits is two years if the name of the “person” is not provided on the paperwork you recieved at the storage lot when paying for your vehicle.

The issue regarding the sign as shown about with regards the changes in the text and format of the sign begin 9-1-13 to the present.

Texas Impound Services LLC is a member of the Southwest Tow Operators, who's founder is shown on a YouTube video admitting to bribing law enforcement with cash, property managers and committing workers comp fraud.

For more information, call the tow victims hotline at 512-680-3190.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ranger Tow of Houston Fined by State of Texas for Illegal Towing

This is proof that the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations is holding tow companies responsible for illegal towing from private parking facilities.  Ranger's tow truck drivers were towing vehicles from an apartment complex that no legal tow signs were posted at, and after several calls from a tow victim, they filed an online complaint with TDLR and after an investigation, fined Ranger $1000 for a tow that cost $217.00.

The tow victim was awarded this money back plus the filing fees and costs of photographs after filing a tow hearing.

If you follow the advice on Texas Towing Compliance about preparation for a tow hearing, this is the outcome of your efforts.

Ranger Tow is a member of the Southwest Tow Operators.

Ranger Tow's President,  Assaf Catran just found out his company's business plan is costing him money. Anyone can clearly see that a $1000 fine, plus a tow hearing judgment of $265.38 for a total of $1265.38 over a $217 tow is just plain ignorant, thinking they could continue to scam motorists and get away with it... Hope they learned their lesson in this matter.

Always file an online complaint with TDLR when you find your vehicle has been towed without your permission if there are no towing signs posted or the sign is posted farther than 25' from a public roadway.



Company: RANGER TOW INC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77035


License #: 6422488C

Complaint # TOW20120015569
Date: 4/16/2014

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.
Respondent towed a vehicle from a parking facility that did not have the required signage prohibiting unauthorized vehicles.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Everyone Due A Refund If Towed in Austin-San Marcos areas

J&J Towing, Big A Towing, Prontos & Alberts Towing, Clark Towing, Central Towing, Park Right Solutions, Tow Times, Austin Express, Customz Wrecker Service, Rocha's Towing, Pinkies Towing, Denver's Towing, Southside Wrecker, Lakeside Towing, Cedar Park Wrecker Service, Bulldog Wrecker, Southwest Towing and Saucedo's Wrecker Service continues to tow vehicles from parking lots and apartment complexes with illegal tow signs posted. Basically, tow truck drivers are stealing vehicles, while law enforcement looks the other way.

If you are towed and pay $193.30, your are entitled to $1685,00, you pay $293.30, your entitled to $1875.00, if the tow sign states "Towing Enforced At All Times", regardless the stated reason for towing the vehicle. This also goes for on property drop fees, it's $1000 plus three times the drop fee.

Always take a photograph of the tow sign close enough the sign text can be read and the parking space without a vehicle in it your vehicle was towed from prior to going to the storage lot.

If any of the signs below are posted at the parking lot you were towed from, you were illegally towed, based on changes in State Law that became effective September 1, 2013.

For more information, visit and subscribe to texastowingcompliance.com.
 
16 photos of signs at parking lots you may have been illegally towed from

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Texas Towing Compliance Founder Pat Johnson informs tow companies they are being sued towing with illegal signs posted

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Yesterday, at the TDLR Advisory Board Meeting, I told tow company owners, those in the audience that they are being sued now for towing vehicles illegally with illegal tow signs posted. I believe they got the points about what has happen in the Courts and to many more who are faced with lawsuit against them and their accounts, if they continue to tow vehicles without probable cause, then demand a ransom to get their vehicle released.

There is only two towing companies, one located in Central Texas (Elite Towing and Recovery) and in the DFW area (Eric's Towing) that provide legal tow signs to parking facilities and refuse to give kickbacks for the right to have vehicles towed.

If you own a vehicle, it's advised to subscribe to texastowingcompliance.com to ensure your rights are not violated when you encounter a tow truck driver or after your vehicle has been towed.

If you are towed, take a photograph with your cellphone of the tow signs, where they are posted and the space your vehicle was parked in, prior to going to the storage lot.

Do not hesitate calling or texting 512-680-3190 if your unsure if the money the tow truck operator is demanding in the parking is legal or whether your vehicle was towed legally, since all of the tow signs posted at private or public property in Austin, Azle, Cedar Park, Round Rock, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Dallas, Euless, Denton, Lewsiville, Bryan, Plano, College Station, Galveston, Leander, Lakeway, Killeen, Waco, and many more towns, are illegal tow signs.

If you pay $293.30 to get your vehicle back, the Court will award you $1800 for a statutory violation lawsuit, as in every case of this nature, there are multiple violations that increases the final judgement amount, that interest accrues until the court ordered judgement is paid.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TDLR Towing, Storage and Booting Advisory Board Meeting 3-23-14

The public is encouraged to watch this meeting in the morning, which will be shown live beginning at 10:00am.  You can watch it at work, school, home or away on your computer, tablet or smartphone at:

http://real2.license.state.tx.us:554/ramgen/broadcast/tow042314.rm?usehostname


The public needs to watch these predatory tow company owners in action advising the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation how to regulate them.

The Public Comments should be entertaining and heated at this meeting!

Texas Towing Compliance will speak at this meeting during public comments about the legal tow sign and continued use of kickbacks to gain towing contracts.

The agenda for tomorrow's meeting can be viewed here:

http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Agendas/AdvisoryBrdAgendas/towagenda042314.htm

It's important to file a complaint with TDLR against a tow company and vehicle storage facility if you feel your rights have been violated.

Only One Tow Company In Austin Providing Legal Tow Signs

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

After reviewing all the tow signs posted at parking facilities in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Westlake, San Antonio and San Marcos, only one Austin tow company is providing the legal tow sign required after 9-1-13.

Legal Sign 2014

The above sign is exactly what State Law (Occupation Code 2308.301 and 302) states how the tow sign must be formatted and worded.  A tow sign is a statutory sign, just like all the traffic signs on roadways, and tow companies cannot add or delete words to statutory text in quotes.

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation’s investigators are telling tow companies they are not going to prosecute them regarding the signs, because as one investigator stated that attorneys are finding loopholes in the Law.  The only attorneys looking for loopholes are the ones that represent tow companies who refuse to obey the Law, as tow companies who obey the law don’t waste their money fighting lawsuits and TDLR fines for illegal towing, since they provide legal signs.

Therefore, if you are towed from a private or public parking lot and the tow sign does not look exactly like the one shown above, your vehicle was illegally towed.

It’s important to remember, the tow sign cannot be posted any farther than 25′ from a public roadway or alley and the tow sign must be facing the driver when you entering the parking facility at height of no lower than 5′ from the ground or no higher than 8′ from the bottom of the sign off the ground.  If the driveway entering the parking facility is 35' wide at a public roadway or alley, two signs are required, one on both sides.

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Another widely abused towing scam in parking facilities across Texas are illegally marked designated, restricted or assigned parking spaces. Any parking space that is designated for a specific reason, such as visitors, a certain business in strip centers, or pay parking lots, must be marked in the front and rear of each parking space on the ground, as shown below.

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If you are towed, immediately take a photograph of the tow sign posted at the parking facility and the space you were parked in prior going to pickup your vehicle at the storage lot for evidence as tow companies will replace the sign as soon as they learn they are going to be sued.

Once you retrieve your vehicle, if the name of the “person” who authorized the removal is not provided on the release documents, please file a complaint against the storage facility for failure to do so.  If the name of person is not providing, the 14 day deadline to file the request for the towing hearing is void.


The name of the person, not the business name, must be provided

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Once you have filed the online complaint and receive a track number (print that page), send an email to enforcement@tdlr.texas.gov and attach a copy of the storage facility reciept and recorded conversation at the storage lot to the email. In the email on the subject line. type “Track Number Documentation” and in the body of the email anything you forgot to mention in the complaint.

If the storage facility reciept does not provide the name of the person who authorized the removal, (as shown above) the 14 day deadline to file the request for the tow hearing is not valid until they provide this information.

There is a two year statute of limitation for filing a tow hearing, a statutory violation or theft liability lawsuit from the date your vehicle was towed if all the information required by state law is not provided.

If you are towed or charged a drop fee or boot fee from a parking lot with illegal tow signs, file a statutory violation lawsuit against the parking facility to collect $1000 plus triple damages.  Attorneys who are specialized in these types of action can be located in Directory of Attorneys.

The public is encouraged to file an online complaint against the tow company with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations.

Important information regarding tow hearings so tow victims can make sure they are prepared.

If you have further questions regarding your vehicle being towed, contact the Tow Victim's 24 Hour Hotline at 512-680-3190.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Action Towing & Recovery of Killeen Busted by TDLR

Once again, a member of the Southwest Tow Operator got the attention of TDLR after several tow victims (wounded Fort Hood soldier's family members) saw their vehicles towed by Action Towing & Recovery from a parking lot that did not have the required statutory tow signs posted.

Tow victims are always encouraged to file an online complaint with TDLR if they feel they were taken advantage by a towing company, their driver's conduct when confronted trying to charge an unauthorized drop fee or towed from a parking lot that lacks towing signs.

It's also recommended the tow victims file a complaint against any vehicle storage facility that does not provide the name of the "person" who authorized the tow and the conduct the vehicle storage facility employee who refuses to display their TDLR Vehicle Storage Facility Employee license.

Motorists should think twice before calling this company for any towing services as they are very dishonest based on the number of valid complaints recieved by Texas Towing Compliance who were advised to file a complaint with TDLR.  Below is the results of filing a complaint with TDLR after being targeted in a tow scam.

According to the TDLR database:

Company: ACTION TOWING & RECOVERY INC
City: KILLEEN
County: BELL
Zip Code: 76542


License #: 6434597C

Complaint # TOW20140005552
Date: 4/8/2014

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.
Respondent towed a vehicle from a parking facility that did not have the required signage prohibiting unauthorized vehicles.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Bandit Three Car Haulers - Report Them to TDLR

Our roadways are flooded with bandit three car haulers who are not licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations.  The public is encouraged to take photographs of these types of vehicles hauling vehicles that do not have a TDLR License Number on both sides the vehicle towing these three car trailers.

Once you obtain these photos, email them to enforcement@tdlr.texas.gov so they can be located, fined and brought into compliance with State Law to protect the public.

I spotted this unlicensed three car hauler yesterday while in San Antonio, to which I filed a complaint with TDLR.










These are the types of photographs you should take so TDLR investigators can locate them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Only Legally Worded/Format Tow Sign for Texas eff 9-1-13

Only Legal Format and Text Tow Sign 9-1-13


If you have been towed, booted or charged a drop fee at any private or public parking facility and tow signs fails to state either: “Booting Enforced”, “Towing Enforced” or “Towing and Booting Enforced”, as shown above, you are entitled monetary damages.

If you were towed anywhere in Travis County with a tow sign posted as shown below, that states Towing Enforced at all times in the red background below the tow truck symbol, file for a tow hearing in either JP1, JP2 or JP3, if towed within Williamson County, JP 2, as these Judges are upholding the towing law verbatim. If the storage facility or tow truck driver fails to provide the name of the person who authorized the tow, the 14 day deadline to file the request for a tow hearing doesn't begin until the information is provided.
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If you are towed anywhere in Bexar County with tow signs such as the three below , you should file your tow or statutory violation hearing in JP2 Place 1.  In San Antonio, also call SAPD at 210-207-2348 to file criminal charges against the tow truck driver that towed your vehicle.

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If your towed anywhere in Brazos County and the tow signs below are posted, you should file your tow or statutory violation hearing in JP2 Place 1 in Bryan even if towed in College Station.

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If your towed, booted or charged a drop fee, always take a photograph of the tow sign posted with your cellphone prior to going to get your vehicle at the storage lot.

These changes in the signs became effective September 1, 2013 and after 7 months, the majority of tow company still refuse provide a legal tow sign to parking facilities and continue to tow vehicles in violation of State Law.

In contesting the towing of your vehicle in either a tow or statutory violation hearing with illegal signs posted, it should be based on the Texas Occupations Code 2308.301 and 302. In these types of case, a vehicle owner or operator can represent themselves if you have the photographs of the tow signs posted.

Tow Hearing: get back what you paid plus court costs and evidence costs.

Statutory Violation Hearing: get back $1000 plus three times the tow, booting or drop fees, court fees and costs of photographs, in addition to cost of repairs for damage done to your vehicle during the towing and storage process.

The absolutely certain you file an online complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation against the tow company if an illegal sign is posted on the parking facility your vehicle was towed from so they be fined $1500+,  Once you obtain a "track number" after submitting your complaint, send an email to enforcement@tdlr.texas.gov to send the photos of the tow signs and the documents you were given at the storage facility.  Be sure to write, "Track Number XXXXX Documentation in the subject line of the email and your contact information in the body of the email.

For further information or assistance while at the vehicle storage facility, call 512-680-3190.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Texas A&M Student Wins Statutory Violation Hearing in Nueces County

Yesterday, a college student attending Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi went to court regarding the towing of his vehicle from an apartment complex.  The college student did his homework and instead of filing for a tow hearing, he decided to file a statutory violation suit against the property manager and landowner only.

This college student, who asked not be named, represented himself, as the property manager had an attorney, unaware the college student read the entire code of civil procedures in preparation.

The sole issue rested on the layout of the sign, specifically the red background below the tow truck symbol.  This area of the sign stated: Towing Enforced at All Times.  The property manager testified she did not notify the tow company in writing she installed a legally worded tow sign.

The college student presented evidence based on the Texas Occupations Code 2308.255, 301 and 302.  After the Judge considered all the evidence and testimony, he ruled in favor of the college student and ordered the property manager to pay $1963.12 to the college student.

The owner of the tow company testified that TDLR said their tow signs were legal, but the Judge told him text in quotes cannot have words added or deleted.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TDLR's Advice Resulting in $10K Judgements Against Their Licenees, Tow Companies

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations (TDLR) continues to tell tow companies and consumers Texas Towing Compliance (TTC) giving them incorrect information reference nonconsent towing, but the Courts are finding them guilty handing down staggering judgements worth thousands of dollars.

My opinions are based on what STATE LAW says, not some interpretation of a towing organization's attorneys.

More and more JP's around the state find TDLR's version to be highly inaccurate, especially when it involves statutory language in quotes.

But then again, TDLR has no liability, even after giving the wrong information and then they are baffled at the thought they cannot change statutory language to appease their favorite trade organization, Southwest Tow Operators.

Motorists should continue filing complaints against tow companies and vehicle storage facilities, but if you want your money back from an illegal tow, an unauthorized drop fee or even overcharged, your best bet is Texas Towing Compliance.

With Texas Towing Compliance' new website, you can have a live chat about your towing incident and get in touch with dedicated attorneys who have a proven track record of getting your back plus more.

Just remember, if you get a letter from TDLR after you have filed your complaint stating insufficient evidence to forward your complaint to investigation, call Texas Towing Compliance, as our towing hotline is answered 24HR a day, 7 days a week.

After revealing the tow signs not being compatible with the changes in Texas Towing Law, Occupations Code 2308.301 and 302, the number of tow victim calls has quadrupled. So far this week, all 68 tow victims were put in contact with TTC prosecutors who have filed civil suits against landowners, tow companies and property management companies for statutory violations.

So, if you have been towed after September 1, 2013 from a public or private parking facility and the tow sign states "Towing Enforced at All Times" in the red background directly below the tow truck symbol instead of only "Towing Enforced", your due a huge payout.

Legal Sign effective 9-1-13


Illegal Sign effective 9-1-13








Tuesday, April 8, 2014

95% of the Towing Signs Posted in Texas are Illegal based on Changes in State Law effective 9-1-13


The towing sign shown above has all the required statutory text as required in the Texas Towing Law, Occupations Code 2308.301 and 302. If you have been towed from a parking facility with any other tow sign posted than the one above and directly below, you were illegally towed.

Legal Sign 9-1-13


Travis County is replacing all the tow signs at every parking lot owned by Travis County, the sign above when made will have red lettering in the white background.

Sec. 2308.301. General Requirements for Sign Prohibiting Unauthorized Vehicles.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (a)(2)(B) and Section 2308.304 or 2308.305, an unauthorized vehicle may not be towed under Section 2308.252(a)(1) or booted under Section 2308.257 unless a sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility is:
(1) facing and conspicuously visible to the driver of a vehicle that enters the facility; (The sign face must be aimed at the center of the driveway entering at the street)
(2) located:
(A) on the right or left side of each driveway or curb-cut through which a vehicle can enter the facility, including an entry from an alley abutting the facility; or

(B) at intervals along the entrance so that no entrance is farther than 25 feet from a sign if:
(i) curbs, access barriers, landscaping, or driveways do not establish definite vehicle entrances onto a parking facility from a public roadway other than an alley; and
(ii) the width of an entrance exceeds 35 feet;  If two vehicles can pass at the entrance and there is a flowerbed in the middle, it takes two signs, to comply.
(3) permanently mounted on a pole, post, permanent wall, or permanent barrier;
(4) installed on the parking facility; and
(5) installed so that the bottom edge of the sign is no lower than five feet and no higher than eight feet above ground level.
(b) Except as provided by Section 2308.305, an unauthorized vehicle may be towed under Section 2308.252(a)(1) or booted under Section 2308.257 only if each sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles:
(1) is made of weather-resistant material;
(2) is at least 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall;
(3) contains the international symbol for towing vehicles;
(4) contains a statement describing who may park in the parking facility and prohibiting all others;
(5) bears the words, as applicable:
(A) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed or Booted at Owner's or Operator's Expense";
(B) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owner's or Operator's Expense"; or
(C) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Booted at Owner's or Operator's Expense";
(6) contains a statement of the days and hours of towing and booting enforcement; A separate text phrase of the hours towing is going to occur. and
(7) contains a number, including the area code, of a telephone that is answered 24 hours a day to enable an owner or operator of a vehicle to locate a towed vehicle or to arrange for removal of a boot from a vehicle.

Sec. 2308.302. Color, Layout, and Lettering Height Requirements.

(a) Except as provided by Section 2308.305, each sign required by this chapter must comply with the color, layout, and lettering height requirements of this section.
(b) A bright red international towing symbol, which is a solid silhouette of a tow truck towing a vehicle on a generally rectangular white background, at least four inches in height, must be on the uppermost portion of a sign or on a separate sign placed immediately above the sign.
(c) The portion of the sign immediately below the international towing symbol must:
(1) in lettering at least two inches in height, contain the words, as applicable:
(A) "Towing and Booting Enforced";
(B) "Towing Enforced"; or 
(C) "Booting Enforced"; and
(2) consist of white letters on a bright red background.
(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), the next lower portion of the sign must contain the remaining information required by Section 2308.301(b) displayed in bright red letters at least one inch in height on a white background.

(e) The bottommost portion of the sign must contain the telephone numbers required by Section 2308.301(b), in lettering at least one inch in height and may, if the facility owner chooses or if an applicable municipal ordinance requires, include the name and address of the storage facility to which an unauthorized vehicle will be removed. The lettering on this portion of the sign must consist of white letters on a bright red background.

Sec. 2308.303. Telephone Number for Locating Towed Vehicle Required.

If a parking facility owner posts a sign described by Sections 2308.301 and 2308.302, the owner of a vehicle that is towed from the facility under this chapter must be able to locate the vehicle by calling the telephone number on the sign. 

Parking facilities should purchase their own towing signs installed by someone other than the towing company.  Texas Towing Compliance can have your signs made, installed and certify your parking facility for the reasons you choose to have vehicles towed are legal, to avoid costly legal fees and huge monetary judgments.








If you were towed after September 1, 2013 by any these towing companies, you could be entitled to $1000 plus triple damages. Find your receipts and go back to where you towed from and take a closeup photo of the tow sign and where it is posted.


If you have been towed, charged a drop fee or boot fee anywhere in Texas from a parking facility with a tow sign that state anything other than: "Towing Enforced" or "Booting Enforced" or "Towing and Booting Enforced" in the red background below the tow symbol, your entitled to collect $1000 plus triple damages.

If your vehicle was sold at auction by a tow company/vehicle storage facility after being towed from a parking facility with a tow sign that states anything other than: "Towing Enforced" or "Booting Enforced" or "Towing and Booting Enforced"   your entitled to a larger refund after filing a Theft Liability Lawsuit.

Texas Towing Compliance's new website is up and running and everyone is encouraged to subscribe so our prosecutions teams around the State of Texas can assist you in recovering the money your entitled to by State Law.

Austin area prosecutors: WaltersDunn at 512-236-1114
DFW area prosecutors: Norred Law at 817-704-3984
San Antonio area prosecutors: Anderson & Associates 210-928-9999

Friday, April 4, 2014

AT&T Executive Center & Hotel Guest Targeted in Predatory Tow Scam in Austin

No Legal Towing Signs Posted "on" Parking Facility


The parking lot located at 2004 University Avenue, Austin, Texas is a baited traps for motorists who park there and go to the ATT Executive Conference Center, UT or anywhere else.

State Law changed September 1, 2013 that requires tow signs to state "Towing Enforced" and the hours and days towing is enforced.  This parking lot fails to meet these requirements in order for vehicles to be towed legally.

The Catholic Student Center is located at 2100 University Avenue, but the parking lot for the center is 2004 University Avenue.

Illegal Tow Sign posted on 2100 University Avenue

The towing signs posted on the building for 2100 University Avenue facing the parking lot at 2104 University Avenue does not provide the require notice that vehicles are subject to towing.

Illegal Tow Sign posted farther than 25' from street





This illegal tow sign is posted 100' from University Avenue. State Law requires the tow sign to be no farther than 25' from University Avenue.

Illegally marked designated parking spaces


The parking spaces with a sign in front of each space designating for someone are also not marked in compliance with State Law.  A designated parking space "must" be marked with a sign or on the pavement in the front and rear of the space.


Everyone that has been towed from 2104 University Avenue, regardless the reason, was illegally towed and are entitled to compensation.

Therefore, find your receipts you were given when you paid J&J Towing if towed with two years from the date of towing and contact the Texas Towing Compliance prosecution team by email or call them at 512-236-1114.  There are no upfront legal fees to worry about to get the compensation STATE LAW entitles tow victims too.

Predatory Tow Scam featuring J&J Towing, Central Parking and the Catholic Student Center for financial gain targeting guest of the AT&T Executive Conference Center, UT students and anyone else who parks here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Illegal Towing at University of Texas at Austin campus parking lots

Became an Illegal Sign 9-1-13
 
Virtually everybody that was towed or charged a boot fee at any of the parking lots within the UT campus or properties controlled by UT, are now crime victims and due compensation.  At issue are those vehicles towed by authorization of Parking & Transportation Services. UTPD authorized tows based on a criminal offense do not qualify for compensation.

Tow Sign Text Required Effective 9-1-13


At issue, is the towing signs posted at all the parking lots state towing and booting enforced at all times in the red background under the towing symbol.  The law was changed this past session of the Legislature to require the red background area to only state: "Towing Enforced" or "Booting Enforced" or Towing and Booting Enforced"

Sec. 2308.301. General Requirements for Sign Prohibiting Unauthorized Vehicles.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (a)(2)(B) and Section 2308.304 or 2308.305, an unauthorized vehicle may not be towed under Section 2308.252(a)(1) or booted under Section 2308.257 unless a sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility is:
(1) facing and conspicuously visible to the driver of a vehicle that enters the facility;
(2) located:
(A) on the right or left side of each driveway or curb-cut through which a vehicle can enter the facility, including an entry from an alley abutting the facility; or
(B) at intervals along the entrance so that no entrance is farther than 25 feet from a sign if:
(i) curbs, access barriers, landscaping, or driveways do not establish definite vehicle entrances onto a parking facility from a public roadway other than an alley; and
(ii) the width of an entrance exceeds 35 feet;
(3) permanently mounted on a pole, post, permanent wall, or permanent barrier;
(4) installed on the parking facility; and
(5) installed so that the bottom edge of the sign is no lower than five feet and no higher than eight feet above ground level.
(b) Except as provided by Section 2308.305, an unauthorized vehicle may be towed under Section 2308.252(a)(1) or booted under Section 2308.257 only if each sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles:
(1) is made of weather-resistant material;
(2) is at least 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall;
(3) contains the international symbol for towing vehicles;
(4) contains a statement describing who may park in the parking facility and prohibiting all others;
(5) bears the words, as applicable:

(A) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed or Booted at Owner's or Operator's Expense";
(B) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owner's or Operator's Expense"; or
(C) "Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Booted at Owner's or Operator's Expense";
(6) contains a statement of the days and hours of towing and booting enforcement; and
(7) contains a number, including the area code, of a telephone that is answered 24 hours a day to enable an owner or operator of a vehicle to locate a towed vehicle or to arrange for removal of a boot from a vehicle.
Sec. 2308.302. Color, Layout, and Lettering Height Requirements.

(a) Except as provided by Section 2308.305, each sign required by this chapter must comply with the color, layout, and lettering height requirements of this section.
(b) A bright red international towing symbol, which is a solid silhouette of a tow truck towing a vehicle on a generally rectangular white background, at least four inches in height, must be on the uppermost portion of a sign or on a separate sign placed immediately above the sign.
(c) The portion of the sign immediately below the international towing symbol must:
(1) in lettering at least two inches in height, contain the words, as applicable:
(A) "Towing and Booting Enforced";
(B) "Towing Enforced"; or
(C) "Booting Enforced"; and
(2) consist of white letters on a bright red background.
(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), the next lower portion of the sign must contain the remaining information required by Section 2308.301(b) displayed in bright red letters at least one inch in height on a white background.
(e) The bottommost portion of the sign must contain the telephone numbers required by Section 2308.301(b), in lettering at least one inch in height and may, if the facility owner chooses or if an applicable municipal ordinance requires, include the name and address of the storage facility to which an unauthorized vehicle will be removed. The lettering on this portion of the sign must consist of white letters on a bright red background.


All these new requirements are in "quotes", meaning no text can be added or deleted in the phrase.

So, find your paperwork from your towing or booting incident, if towed or booted after September 1, 2013 and contact Texas Towing Compliance at 512-680-3190, so we can refer you to our prosecution team to file a "statutory violation or theft liability lawsuit, which entitles you to $1000 plus triple damages. Our Austin based prosecutors do not charge upfront legal fees to collect the compensation that State Law has entitled illegal towing victims to.

Parking & Transportation Services Mgr Charlie Smith recently without cause cancelled a 2 year towing contract to go back with Park Right Solutions, even after it's owner admits on a YouTube video to paying off police officers with cash, bribing property managers, committing workers comp fraud and cheating his wage and hour employees.