Category: Towing and VSF News

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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Bill proposes extending tow hearing deadlines to 60 days

H.B. 625 was filed today in the Texas House of Representatives. This bill proposes to extend the filing deadline on tow hearings from the current 14-day deadline to 60 days. This would extend the current tow hearing filing deadline by over four times its current duration. While no commentary is provided to this bill, it […]

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PCI declares Texas “the state most in need of pro-consumer towing reforms”

A recent study by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (“PCI”) is casting two Texas cities in a very negative light. The 2018 PCI Towing Survey Analysis (the “Study”) states that abusive vehicle towing and storage practices “cost consumers millions of dollars every year.” This study, which was conducted by PCI and surveyed 448 […]

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Multimillion Dollar Judgment against Towing Company and Property Owners

In a case involving more than 25,000 individuals who were towed by G&G Gulf, Inc. (“Gulf”), the circuit court for Montgomery County, Maryland entered a $22 Million judgment against Gulf for its aggressive private property towing practices. This judgment, which G&G agreed to pay only $335,000 of, was later modified to include all parking lot […]

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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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