16 Tex. Admin. Code § 85.710 - Release of Vehicles

(a) Release of vehicles. The VSF must comply with the following requirements when releasing vehicles.
(1) The VSF shall comply with all provisions of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2308, Subchapter J, relating to the rights of the owner of a stored vehicle, including providing the name, address, and telephone number of:
(A) 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 Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System that contains the name, address, and telephone number of each justice court in that county; and
(B) the name, address and telephone number of the person or law enforcement agency that authorized the tow.
(2) The VSF shall provide the owner or the owner's representative with a tow ticket. The tow ticket may be combined with a VSF Invoice; provided, the combined tow ticket and VSF Invoice comply with the following requirements:
(A) tow charges must be separated from VSF storage charges and each category of charges must be preceded by a heading or label identifying the charges as "Tow Charges" or "Storage Charges";
(B) tow charges must appear on the combined statement of charges exactly as stated on the tow ticket prepared by the tow operator and provided to the VSF at the time the vehicle is presented for storage; and
(C) the combined statement of charges meet and contain all required elements of a separate VSF invoice and tow ticket; provided the license number and name of the tow operator may be excluded.
(3) The VSF shall allow the vehicle owner or authorized representative to obtain possession of the vehicle, including payment at the location of the stored vehicle, at any time between the hours listed on the facility information sign posted as described in §85.1003, upon payment of all fees due, presentation of valid identification (Texas drivers license or other state or federally issued photo identification), and upon presentation of:
(A) a notarized power-of-attorney;
(B) a court order;
(C) a certificate of title;
(D) a tax collector's receipt and a vehicle registration renewal card accompanied by a conforming identification;
(E) name and address information corresponding to that contained in the files of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles;
(F) a current automobile lease or rental agreement executed by the operator of the vehicle or a person holding a power of attorney executed by the person named in the lease agreement;
(G) appropriate identification of any state or federal law enforcement agency representative;
(H) the most recent version of a department-approved form or electronic version of a department-approved form published on the department's website, www.tdlr.texas.gov; which the VSF must make available to the vehicle owner or person seeking possession of or access to the vehicle; or
(I) evidence of financial responsibility (insurance card), as required by Transportation Code § RSA 601.051, as an additional form of identification that establishes ownership or right of possession or control of the vehicle.
(4) A VSF may not refuse to release a vehicle to the owner or operator of the vehicle or require a sworn affidavit of the owner or operator of the vehicle solely because the owner or operator presents valid photo identification issued by this state, another state, or a federal agency that includes a different address than the address contained in the title and registration records of the vehicle.
(5) Paragraph (3) does not require a VSF to release a vehicle to the owner or operator of the vehicle if the owner or operator of the vehicle does not:
(A) pay the charges for services regulated under this chapter or Chapter 86 of this title, including charges for and associated with delivery or storage of the vehicle; and
(B) present valid photo identification issued by this state, another state, a federal agency or a foreign government.
(6) If it accepts vehicles 24 hours a day, all VSFs shall have vehicles available for release 24 hours a day within one hour's notice.
(7) If a VSF does not accept vehicles 24 hours a day, such facility must have vehicles available for release within one hour between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and midnight Monday-Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays except for nationally recognized holidays. It is not the intent of this section to require release of vehicles after midnight, and refusal to release after that time, even with notice after 11:00 p.m., is not a violation of this section.
(b) A VSF may not require an owner, operator or agent of an owner or operator of a vehicle to sign an authorization or release form to release the vehicle from the VSF if that form:
(1) changes the status of the law enforcement initiated tow from a nonconsent status to a consent tow status;
(2) changes the status of the storage resulting from a nonconsent tow from a nonconsent storage status to a consent storage status; or
(3) imposes any additional charges not regulated by the department.
(c) A person may not execute, submit or use a department-approved form or other document which contains a false, fictitious, dishonest, or fraudulent statement of a material fact used for the purpose of obtaining possession of or access to a motor vehicle stored by a facility licensed under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2303.
(1) For purposes of this section, a false, fictitious, dishonest, or fraudulent statement related to authorization from the vehicle owner to the person or entity named in the form or document is a material fact.
(2) Conduct found by the commission or the executive director by final order to have violated this section shall be deemed fraudulent and dishonest conduct.

Notes

16 Tex. Admin. Code § 85.710
The provisions of this §85.710 adopted to be effective April 15, 2008, 33 TexReg 2931; amended to be effective May 3, 2010, 35 TexReg 3482; amended to be effective September 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 7786; amended to be effective January 16, 2012, 37 TexReg 112; amended to be effective August 15, 2013, 38 TexReg 5060; amended to be effective March 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 1704

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