Texas Bill Would Regulate Towing and Storage

Mar 26th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

A bill in the Texas legislature is aimed at regulating the towing and storage of vehicles, a news report said. The bill, sponsored by Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), would require tow truck operators to present a schedule of fees to the vehicle’s owner or operator. A statement must be provided containing information including the total amount charged for the tow, number of miles towed and the daily vehicle storage rate. Other recovery fees associated with the tow would be listed separately, the report said.

Additional measures would require storage facilities to release truck cargo free of charge within one hour of receipt of a written request. Towing companies would also be required to submit a monthly report to the state listing each tow that involved a large truck, and include the amount the towing company charged, as well as the amount charged for recovery. All paperwork would have to be duplicated and subject to review upon request by the state for one year after the tow, the report said.