More TDLR Fines for Tow Companies and Vehicle Storage Facilities

Predatory tow company J&J Towing finally got there put in their place after being busted and fined by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations for failing to drug test their employees which cost Frank Sapp $3000.00.  Ranger Tow located in Houston has been busted many times by the Houston Police Department’s Auto Dealers Detail and TDLR for towing vehicles from parking lots with either illegal or no tow signs posted period, which got them a $3000.00 fine, instead of TDLR revoking their license. It’s evident that consumers are following our storage facility procedures and filing the TDLR complaints, as this recent fine update indicates several storage facilities were caught red-handed employing individuals that didn’t have a valid vehicle storage facility employee licensed issued by TDLR.

Therefore, as of June 1, 2016, the following licensees paid into the State of Texas General Fund:

BEAS, ROBERTO

Company: BEAS AUTO REPAIR
City: COPPELL
County: DALLAS
Zip Code: 75019

License #: 6434887C

Complaint # TOW20160013221

Date: 6/2/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.

Respondent’s tow truck failed to have a legible manufacturer’s data plate or a document from the manufacturer stating the capacity of the boom, winch, and carrying mechanism.
JOHNSON, JAY D

Company: SWEENY TOWING AND RECOVERY
City: SWEENY
County: BRAZORIA
Zip Code: 77480

License #: 6428332C

Complaint # TOW20160013525

Date: 6/2/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy.
GAITAN, RICHARD
City: CHARLOTTE
County: ATASCOSA
Zip Code: 78011

License #: 5239001C

Complaint # TOW20160014335

Date: 6/2/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,000.

Respondent employed an unlicensed individual to operate a tow truck.
Company: RANGER TOW INC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77035

License #: 6422488c

Complaint # TOW20140014398

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,000.

Respondent towed a vehicle from a parking facility that did not have the required signage prohibiting unauthorized vehicles.
DIAZ, MARIA E

Company: TEX AMERICAN TOWING
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77040

License #: 6471003C

Complaint # TOW20160002667

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,250.

Respondent operated a tow truck company without the appropriate license.
HUERTA, NAEL

Company: COMANCHE TOWING
City: SAN ANTONIO
County: BEXAR
Zip Code: 78245

License #: 6453989C

Complaint # TOW20160011007

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.

Respondent’s tow truck failed to have a legible manufacturer’s data plate or a document from the manufacturer stating the capacity of the boom, winch, and carrying mechanism.
SOUVANNASANE, KHAMPHOU

SOUVANNASNNE, KHAMPHIOU

Company: A-ACTION WRECKER SERVICE
City: FORT WORTH
County: TARRANT
Zip Code: 76105

License #: 5766702C

Complaint # TOW20160013144

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,000.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy; Respondent failed to make sure the tow trucks cables were in good condition.
RIOS, MARY

Company: VALLEY TOWING & STORAGE
City: BROWNSVILLE
County: CAMERON
Zip Code: 78526

License #: 5081414C

Complaint # TOW20160013387

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,250.

Respondent’s tow truck failed to have a legible manufacturer’s data plate or a document from the manufacturer stating the capacity of the boom, winch, and carrying mechanism.
SANCHEZ, SANTIAGO

Company: AZTECA TOWING
City: AUSTIN
County: TRAVIS
Zip Code: 78753

License #: 6435167C

Complaint # TOW20160013451

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,000.

Respondent employed an unlicensed individual to operate a tow truck; Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy.
Company: UNIVERSAL RECOVERY INC.
City: DALLAS
County: DALLAS
Zip Code: 75217

License #: 6454510C

Complaint # TOW20160014055

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.

Respondent’s tow truck failed to have a legible manufacturer’s data plate or a document from the manufacturer stating the capacity of the boom, winch, and carrying mechanism.
VELAZQUEZ, MARCOS E
City: SAN ANTONIO
County: BEXAR
Zip Code: 78222

MV’S TOWING

License #: 3417

Complaint # TOW20160014082

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,000.

Respondent failed to perform towing operations in a safe and competent manner. (no safety chains)
Company: TJ’S TOWING SERVICE LC

DBA: J&J Towing
City: AUSTIN
County: TRAVIS
Zip Code: 78709

License #: 5698764C

Complaint # TOW20160016179

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $3,000.

Respondent failed to ensure all employees completed drug testing as required by the towing company’s approved drug testing policy.
LEMKE, ANGELICA
City: PAMPA
County: GRAY
Zip Code: 79065

License #: 12001

Complaint # VSF20160016357

Date: 6/2/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.

Respondent worked in a vehicle storage facility without holding an employee license.
STANLEY, MICHAEL G

Company: STANLEY WRECKER SERVICE
City: RUSK
County: CHEROKEE
Zip Code: 75785

License #: 516455VSF

Complaint # VSF20140001166

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,200.

Respondent kept the VSF records at an alternate location not approved by the Department.
Company: MORGAN TOWING INC.
City: CORPUS CHRISTI
County: NUECES
Zip Code: 78465

Company: TEXAS WRECKER SERVICE 0647721VSF
City: CORPUS CHRISTI
County: NUECES
Zip Code: 78465

License #: 647721VSF

Complaint # VSF20150010172

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,800.

Respondent failed to have the VSF completely enclosed with a six foot fence; Respondent operated a vehicle storage facility in the state of Texas with an expired license; Respondent records failed to maintain all the required information.
Company: BELLAIRE STORAGE LOT LLC
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77036

Company: HARWIN AUTO STORAGE
City: HOUSTON
County: HARRIS
Zip Code: 77036

License #: 647911vsf

Complaint # VSF20160004060

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $900.

Respondent failed to accept payment by electronic check, debit, card, or credit card.
MORALES, PAUL

Company: MORALES USED AUTO PARTS & TOWING
City: PEARSALL
County: FRIO
Zip Code: 78061

License #: 641870VSF

Complaint # VSF20160010803

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,125.

Respondent failed to maintain records with the required information.
Company: CRASH MASTERS INCORPORATED
City: ODESSA
County: ECTOR
Zip Code: 79768

License #: 646610VSF

Complaint # VSF20160014937

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,350.

Respondent failed to make reasonable efforts necessary for the storage a vehicle. (untarped windows that were down)
Company: T & H TOWING LLC
City: GROOM
County: CARSON
Zip Code: 79039

License #: 593827VSF

Complaint # VSF20160014984

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $1,500.

Respondent employed an individual who did not hold a VSF employee license.
DEIST, HOWARD R

Company: TURN KEY AUTO WORKS LLC
City: JOSHUA
County: JOHNSON
Zip Code: 76058

License #: 8405

Complaint # VSF20160017193

Date: 6/1/2016

Respondent is assessed an administrative penalty in the amount of $450.

Respondent worked in a vehicle storage facility without holding an employee license.
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