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Move Over Law Bill!

Please Support the Move Over Law Bill - Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8:00AM - At the Texas State Capitol

HB 2807 – Guillen
Relating to regulation and liability of certain vehicles on a highway; increasing the criminal penalty.  This Tuesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m. Room E2.028 at the Texas State Capitol. Please be there to support the Move Over Law Bill.
 
We need members to attend the hearing and sign up in support of the bill. You must go to the capital to sign up to support the bill.
 
Tasha Mora, from A & A Wrecker & Recovery and Southwest Tow Operators' Legislative Co-Chair will be testifying on behalf of Southwest Tow Operators. Geoffrey Nienstedt, from Roadrunner Towing Service will also testify. This is another important bill this session.

86th Legislative Information Towing & Vehicle Storage Facilities

  • HB 625 by Neave – Relating to notice and request for a hearing regarding a vehicle that has been towed or booted.
  • HB 626 by Neave – Relating to notice of a person's right to a hearing placed on a sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility.
  • HB 1121 by Sanford – Relating to the recovery of property from certain vehicles stored at a vehicle storage facility or governmental vehicle storage facility.
  • HB 1140 by King, Tracy O. – Relating to the adjustment of fees for vehicles stored at vehicle storage facilities; authorizing fee increases.
  • HB 1568 by Hernandez – Relating to the authority of certain municipal employees to request the removal and storage of certain abandoned or illegally parked or operated vehicles.
  • HB 2807 by Guillen – Relating to regulation and liability of certain vehicles on a highway; increasing a criminal penalty.
  • HB 3434 by Oliverson – Relating to the regulation of motor vehicle towing, booting, and storage; authorizing administrative penalties.
  • HB 3530 by Moody – Relating to the towing of certain property from a self-service storage facility for disposition by a vehicle storage facility.
  • HB 3558 by Farrar – Relating to capturing images of the illegal passing of a stationary tow truck.
  • SB 1185 by Creighton – Relating to the towing of certain property from a self-service storage facility for disposition by a vehicle storage facility.
  • SB 1651 by Powell – Relating to motor vehicle towing.
  • SB 1671 by Taylor – Relating to the regulation of motor vehicle towing, booting, and storage; authorizing administrative penalties.
  • SB 1713 by Lucio – Relating to the towing and booting of unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility during certain hours.

towing bill filed this week

Please read the attached towing bill filed this week.  It has to do with releasing cargo and body shop transfers.  It also increases the number of days to request a tow hearing from 14 to 30.  There is a lot in it.  I need your comments on it as soon as possible.


By:AAOliverson H.B.ANo.A3434
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to the regulation of motor vehicle towing, booting, and
storage; authorizing administrative penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTIONA1.AASubchapter D, Chapter 2303, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 2303.1601 to read as follows:
Sec.A2303.1601.AARELEASE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY AND COMMERCIAL
CARGO. (a) In this section, "commercial cargo" means any property
in or on a vehicle that has been transported in interstate or
intrastate commerce.
(b)AAThe operator of a vehicle storage facility shall allow a
person who establishes ownership or right of possession or control
of a vehicle stored at the facility, or an authorized
representative of the person, to remove at no cost any personal
property from the vehicle that may be readily detached from the
vehicle.
(c)AAThe operator of a vehicle storage facility shall allow a
person who demonstrates ownership or right of possession or control
of a vehicle stored at the facility or of commercial cargo contained
in or on a vehicle stored at the facility, or any authorized
representative of the person, to remove any commercial cargo
identified or described by a bill of lading, shipping manifest,
shipping invoice, or similar document.
SECTIONA2.AAChapter 2303, Occupations Code, is amended by
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adding Subchapter E to read as follows:
SUBCHAPTER E. TRANSFER OF CERTAIN VEHICLES TO AUTO REPAIR OR AUTO
BODY REPAIR SHOP
Sec.A2303.201.AADEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
(1)AA"Auto body repair shop" means a shop specializing
in the repair of bodies of damaged vehicles.
(2)AA"Auto repair shop" means a shop specializing in
the mechanical repair of vehicles.
(3)AA"Incident management tow" has the meaning assigned
by Section 2308.002.
Sec.A2303.202.AAAPPLICABILITY. This subchapter applies only
to the operator or employee of a vehicle storage facility licensed
under this chapter.
Sec.A2303.203.AANOTICE AND SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR TRANSFER.
(a) An operator or employee of a vehicle storage facility may
transfer or cause the transfer of a vehicle involved in an incident
management tow from a vehicle storage facility to an auto repair or
auto body repair shop only if:
(1)AAthe facility operator or employee gives the
vehicle owner or operator written notice of the transfer on the form
developed under Section 2303.204; and
(2)AAthe vehicle owner or operator:
(A)AAconsents to the transfer; and
(B)AAsigns the form.
(b)AAA vehicle storage facility operator shall retain any
records of the storage and release of a vehicle involved in an
incident management tow, including a copy of the form signed under

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Subsection (a)(2).
Sec.A2303.204.AAFORM FOR NOTICE REGARDING TRANSFER. (a) The
department shall develop a form to provide notice to an owner or
operator of a vehicle involved in an incident management tow
regarding the transfer of the vehicle from a vehicle storage
facility to an auto repair or auto body repair shop.
(b)AAThe form must include statements that:
(1)AAauto repair and auto body repair shops are not
regulated by the state; and
(2)AAthe vehicle owner or operator:
(A)AAis not required to transfer the vehicle from
the vehicle storage facility to an auto repair or auto body repair
shop;
(B)AAwill be subject to payment of unregulated
fees and charges to secure release of the vehicle from an auto
repair or auto body repair shop if the owner or operator consents to
the transfer; and
(C)AAmay file a complaint with the department if
the vehicle is transferred without the owner ’s or operator ’s
signature on the form.
(c)AAIn addition to the statements required by Subsection
(b), the department may include on the form under this section any
information the department determines is necessary to enhance
consumer protection relating to incident management tows.
Sec.A2303.205.AAPROHIBITED ACTIVITY BETWEEN LICENSE HOLDER
AND REPAIR SHOP; ORDER FOR REFUND. (a) An operator or employee of a
vehicle storage facility may not directly or indirectly accept

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money or anything of value in connection with the transfer of a
vehicle that does not comply with Section 2303.203(a).
(b)AAThe executive director or commission may order an
operator or employee of a vehicle storage facility who accepts
money or anything of value as described by Subsection (a) to pay to
the vehicle owner or operator an amount equal to the amount of the
value received.
(c)AAThe executive director or commission may order an auto
repair or auto body repair shop that gives money or anything of
value to an operator or employee of a vehicle storage facility in
order to induce the transfer of a vehicle involved in an incident
management tow to the auto repair or auto body repair shop to refund
to the vehicle owner or operator any amount charged by the repair
shop in connection with the transfer or storage of the vehicle.
Sec.A2303.206.AAGROUNDS FOR REVOCATION OF LICENSE. In
addition to assessing an administrative penalty under Chapter 51 or
this chapter, the executive director or commission may revoke a
license issued under this chapter if, after notice and hearing, the
license holder is found to be in violation of this subchapter.
Sec.A2303.207.AAMAXIMUM PENALTY; CONTINUING VIOLATION. (a)
Notwithstanding any other provision of Chapter 51 or this chapter,
the amount of an administrative penalty that may be assessed for a
violation of this subchapter may not exceed $10,000 per day for each
violation.
(b)AAEach day of a continuing violation of this subchapter is
a separate violation.
SECTIONA3.AASubchapter G, Chapter 2303, Occupations Code, is

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amended by adding Section 2303.306 to read as follows:
Sec.A2303.306.AASURETY BOND REQUIRED. (a) The commission or
executive director may require the holder of a license issued under
this chapter who commits multiple violations of this chapter or a
rule adopted under this chapter to obtain a surety bond.
(b)AAThe commission by rule shall establish the conditions
and amount of a surety bond required under Subsection (a) based on
the nature, extent, and seriousness of the violations.
(c)AAA surety bond required under Subsection (a) must:
(1)AAbe issued by a surety authorized to conduct
business in this state;
(2)AAcomply with the applicable requirements of the
Insurance Code;
(3)AAbe payable to the executive director on behalf of
persons who are injured as a result of the license holder ’s
violation of Chapter 51 or this chapter;
(4)AAremain in effect for as long as required by the
department; and
(5)AAbe in the form prescribed by the commission.
(d)AAA surety that issues a bond required by Subsection (a)
shall provide written notice to the department of the surety ’s
intent to cancel the bond not later than the 60th day before the
date the surety cancels the bond.
SECTIONA4.AAChapter 2308, Occupations Code, is amended by
adding Subchapter E-1 to read as follows:
SUBCHAPTER E-1. TOWING OF CERTAIN VEHICLES TO AUTO REPAIR OR AUTO
BODY REPAIR SHOP

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Sec.A2308.231.AADEFINITIONS. In this subchapter, "auto body
repair shop" and "auto repair shop" have the meanings assigned by
Section 2303.201.
Sec.A2308.232.AAAPPLICABILITY. This subchapter applies only
to a towing company or operator licensed under this chapter.
Sec.A2308.233.AANOTICE AND SIGNATURE REQUIRED FOR TRANSFER.
(a) A towing company or operator may tow or cause the towing of a
vehicle involved in an incident management tow to an auto repair or
auto body repair shop only if:
(1)AAthe towing company or operator gives the vehicle
owner or operator written notice of the transfer on the form
developed under Section 2308.234; and
(2)AAthe vehicle owner or operator:
(A)AAconsents to the transfer; and
(B)AAsigns the form.
(b)AAA towing company shall retain any records of the storage
and release of a vehicle involved in an incident management tow,
including a copy of the form signed under Subsection (a)(2).
Sec.A2308.234.AAFORM FOR NOTICE REGARDING TRANSFER. (a) The
department shall develop a form to provide notice to an owner or
operator of a vehicle involved in an incident management tow
regarding the towing of the vehicle to an auto repair or auto body
repair shop.
(b)AAThe form must include statements that:
(1)AAauto repair and auto body repair shops are not
regulated by the state; and
(2)AAthe vehicle owner or operator:

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(A)AAis not required to have the vehicle towed to
an auto repair or auto body repair shop;
(B)AAwill be subject to payment of unregulated
fees and charges to secure release of the vehicle from an auto
repair or auto body repair shop if the owner or operator consents to
the tow; and
(C)AAmay file a complaint with the department if
the vehicle is towed without the owner ’s or operator ’s signature on
the form.
(c)AAIn addition to the statements required by Subsection
(b), the department may include on the form under this section any
information the department determines is necessary to enhance
consumer protection relating to incident management tows.
Sec.A2308.235.AAPROHIBITED ACTIVITY BETWEEN LICENSE HOLDER
AND REPAIR SHOP; ORDER FOR REFUND. (a) The holder of a license
issued under this chapter may not directly or indirectly accept
money or anything of value in connection with the towing of a
vehicle that does not comply with the requirements of Section
2308.233(a).
(b)AAThe executive director or commission may order the
holder of a license issued under this chapter who accepts money or
anything of value as described by Subsection (a) to pay to the
vehicle owner or operator an amount equal to the amount of the value
received.
(c)AAThe executive director or commission may order an auto
repair or auto body repair shop that gives money or anything of
value to the holder of a license issued under this chapter in order

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to induce the license holder to tow a vehicle involved in an
incident management tow to an auto repair or auto body repair shop
to refund to the vehicle owner or operator any amount charged by the
repair shop in connection with the tow or storage of the vehicle.
Sec.A2308.236.AAREQUEST FOR REMOVAL FROM TOW ROTATION LIST.
The commission or executive director may:
(1)AAreport a violation of this subchapter to a
sheriff ’s office that maintains a list of towing companies under
Section 2308.209; and
(2)AArequest that a towing company that violates this
subchapter be removed from the list maintained by the sheriff ’s
office.
Sec.A2308.237.AAGROUNDS FOR REVOCATION OF LICENSE. In
addition to assessing an administrative penalty under Chapter 51 or
this chapter, the executive director or commission may revoke a
license issued under this chapter if, after notice and hearing, the
license holder is found to be in violation of this subchapter.
Sec.A2308.238.AAMAXIMUM PENALTY; CONTINUING VIOLATION. (a)
Notwithstanding any other provision of Chapter 51 or this chapter,
the amount of an administrative penalty that may be assessed for a
violation of this subchapter may not exceed $10,000 per day for each
violation.
(b)AAEach day of a continuing violation of this subchapter is
a separate violation.
SECTIONA5.AASection 2308.455, Occupations Code, is amended
to read as follows:
Sec.A2308.455.AACONTENTS OF NOTICE. The notice under

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Section 2308.454 must include:
(1)AAa statement of:
(A)AAthe person ’s right to submit a request within
30 [14] days for a court hearing to determine whether probable cause
existed to remove, or install a boot on, the vehicle;
(B)AAthe information that a request for a hearing
must contain;
(C)AAany filing fee for the hearing; and
(D)AAthe person ’s right to request a hearing in
any justice court in:
(i)AAthe county from which the vehicle was
towed; or
(ii)AAfor booted vehicles, the county in
which the parking facility is located;
(2)AAthe name, address, and telephone number of the
towing company that removed the vehicle or the booting company that
booted the vehicle;
(3)AAthe name, address, telephone number, and county of
the vehicle storage facility in which the vehicle was placed;
(4)AAthe name, street address including city, state,
and zip code, and telephone number of the person, parking facility
owner, or law enforcement agency that authorized the removal of the
vehicle; and
(5)AAthe name, address, and telephone number of each
justice court in the county from which the vehicle was towed or, for
booted vehicles, the county in which the parking facility is
located, or the address of an Internet website maintained by the

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Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System that
contains the name, address, and telephone number of each justice
court in that county.
SECTIONA6.AASections 2308.456(a), (c), and (c-1),
Occupations Code, are amended to read as follows:
(a)AAExcept as provided by Subsections (c) and (c-1), a
person entitled to a hearing under this chapter must deliver a
written request for the hearing to the court before the 30th [14th]
day after the date the vehicle was removed and placed in the vehicle
storage facility or booted, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal
holidays.
(c)AAIf notice was not given under Section 2308.454, the
30-day [14-day] deadline for requesting a hearing under Subsection
(a) does not apply, and the owner or operator of the vehicle may
deliver a written request for a hearing at any time.
(c-1)AAThe 30-day [14-day] period for requesting a hearing
under Subsection (a) does not begin until the date on which the
towing company or vehicle storage facility provides to the vehicle
owner or operator the information necessary for the vehicle owner
or operator to complete the material for the request for hearing
required under Subsections (b)(2) through (6).
SECTIONA7.AASubchapter K, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 2308.506 to read as follows:
Sec.A2308.506.AASURETY BOND REQUIRED. (a) The commission or
executive director may require the holder of a license issued under
this chapter who commits multiple violations of this chapter or a
rule adopted under this chapter to obtain a surety bond.

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(b)AAThe commission by rule shall establish the conditions
and amount of a surety bond required under Subsection (a) based on
the nature, extent, and seriousness of the violations.
(c)AAA surety bond required under Subsection (a) must:
(1)AAbe issued by a surety authorized to conduct
business in this state;
(2)AAcomply with the applicable requirements of the
Insurance Code;
(3)AAbe payable to the executive director on behalf of
persons who are injured as a result of the license holder ’s
violation of Chapter 51 or this chapter;
(4)AAremain in effect for as long as required by the
department; and
(5)AAbe in the form prescribed by the commission.
(d)AAA surety that issues a bond required by Subsection (a)
shall provide written notice to the department of the surety ’s
intent to cancel the bond not later than the 60th day before the
date the surety cancels the bond.
SECTIONA8.AAAs soon as practicable after the effective date
of this Act, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shall
develop any form and the Texas Commission of Licensing and
Regulation shall adopt any rules to implement the changes in law
made by this Act.
SECTIONA9.AASections 2308.455 and 2308.456, Occupations
Code, as amended by this Act, apply only to a notice or a request for
a hearing in connection with the towing or booting of a vehicle on
or after the effective date of this Act. A notice or a request for a

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hearing in connection with the towing or booting of a vehicle before
the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect when
the vehicle was towed or booted, and the former law is continued in
effect for that purpose.
SECTIONA10.AAThis Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

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