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No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Currently, Chapter 2308 (Vehicle Towing and Booting) of the Occupations Code is governed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR). TDLR does not interpret this chapter to include tow trucks that ship vehicles or transport new cars for a dealer. Nevertheless, the author’s statement of intent says, “some law enforcement agencies have cited these vehicles for failing to register with TDLR as tow trucks.”
This bill would clarify the meaning of “tow truck” so that it specifically does not include the types of aforementioned vehicles. We support SB 1820 because it brings clarity to existing law and it protects a person from being unfairly cited for ambiguous language in the law. This is good for our limited government principle and private property principle.