Category: Towing and VSF Articles

New Towing Sign Requirements? Bill proposes a statement of right to tow hearing on all towing signs

A bill filed in the Texas house of representatives in early January 2019 proposes to change the towing sign requirements currently contained in the Texas Towing and Booting Act. This bill, titled HB 626 (text of the bill HERE), would require each towing sign posted on a parking facility to contain “a statement describing the […]

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How to have a successful (and violation free) VSF inspection

VSF inspections are typically triggered by one of two events. Either it is just time for your periodic inspection (which is required at least once every two years) or an inspection can be the result of a complaint filed against your vehicle storage facility at TDLR. Regardless of the cause of the inspection, there are […]

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Things to remember when talking to TDLR Prosecutors

To say that it is awkward to speak to someone who is trying to fine your business thousands of dollars or take away your license to work is a massive understatement. That, however, is exactly the case when you choose to talk directly to a prosecutor at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (“TDLR”). […]

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The Importance of Checking Mail for TDLR Licensees

Many Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (“TLDR“) licensees fail to realize just how important it is to check their mailboxes. Licensees who use PO Boxes or other mail receipt services or who do not check their mail frequently run a significant risk from a regulatory standpoint. The problem with this practice arises when TDLR […]

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“Knowingly, Recklessly, or Intentionally” in Statutory Towing Lawsuits

Standard for Treble Damages + $1,000 in Towing Lawsuits Defined For as long as Section 2308.404 of the Texas Towing and Booting Act (“TTBA”) has existed, plaintiffs in towing lawsuits have been chasing “$1,000 plus three time the cost of the removal and storage of the vehicle” as damages. In order to be entitled to […]

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TDLR Misses a Step – The Commission’s Failure to Publish Multiple Criminal Conviction Guidelines

In a recent case, we discovered something rather interesting – a series of failures to publish criminal conviction guidelines by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation. While this discovery may not sound earth-shattering, it indicates that the criminal conviction guidelines, which have been applied to a number of licensed professions, were not issued in […]

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Submitting a Criminal History Evaluation Letter to TDLR

Each person that applies for a license with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is subject to a criminal background check. The results of the background check can substantially affect your ability to become licensed. In order to avoid the potential of having a license application denied, which can be an expensive endeavor, the […]

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