TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Vehicles
CITY OF TEXAS CITY WRECKER APPLICATION
Application Process:
To obtain a permit for any wrecker, a towing company shall submit this completed application to
the Texas City Police Department with the required attachments by December 1
st
of each year.
Wrecker Information:
Unit 1: ________________ ________________ ____________________ ______________________________________
License Plate MAKE MODEL VIN
Unit 2: ________________ ________________ ____________________ ______________________________________
License Plate MAKE MODEL VIN
Unit 3: ________________ ________________ ____________________ ______________________________________
+$25.00 License Plate MAKE MODEL VIN
Unit 4: ________________ ________________ ____________________ ______________________________________
+$25.00 License Plate MAKE MODEL VIN
Unit 5: ________________ ________________ ____________________ ______________________________________
+$25.00 License Plate MAKE MODEL VIN
Wrecker Title Owner Information:
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
FULL BUSINESS NAME OWNERS NAME
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
OWNERS ADDRESS OWNERS PHONE NUMBER
Towing Company (if different from above):
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
FULL BUSINESS NAME OWNERS NAME
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
OWNERS ADDRESS OWNERS PHONE NUMBER
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Wrecker Driver Information:
Driver 1:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 2:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 3:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 4:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 5:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 6:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 7:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 8:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 9:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Driver 10:_____________________________________________ _____________ _________________ _____________
+$25.00 Name DOB TXDL TDLR
Insurance Company Information:
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
INSURANCE COMPANY NAME INSURANCE AGENTS NAME
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
POLICY NUMBER PHONE NUMBER
Vehicle Storage Facilities (within the city limits of Texas City:
____________________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS
____________________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Towing Company Phone Numbers:
________________________ ________________________ ________________________
CALL FIRST CALL SECOND CALL THIRD
____________________________________________________________________________
ADDITIONAL PHONE NUMBERS OR INFORMATION
Additional Information:
____________________________________________________________________________
TAX ID NUMBER FOR TOWING COMPANY (FOR BUSINESS IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY)
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
BUSINESS EMAIL ADDRESS APPLICANTS EMAIL ADDRESS
_____________________________________ _____________________________________
APPLICANTS NAME APPLICANTS SIGNATURE
Copies of documents that must accompany this application:
Business Card (includes full business name, telephone number, all address of VSFs)
A copy of each driver’s Texas Driver’s License and TDLR/IM Permit (cannot be expired)
Receipt from the Galveston County Tax Office showing current registration
Proof of passing State Inspection
State of Texas Certificate of Title for each truck (or Lease Agreement)
Insurance Card for each truck
Vehicle Storage Facility permit issued by the State
Original CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE for the Wrecker being permitted and the additional
insured named as follows:
City of Texas City
1801 9th Avenue North
Texas City, TX 77590
Copy of towing company DBA (or assumed name), partnership agreement, or Articles of
Incorporation, if applicable.
Cab card issued by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). (Business name on
cab card must be the same name as on the application).
Tow Truck Certificate of Registration issued by the State
Copy of the towing companys most recent wrecker invoice
Check or money order for total fees as seen below:
Yearly renewal package fee: $450.00 for 2 drivers and 2 wrecker trucks
$25.00 for each additional driver
$25.00 for each additional wrecker truck (maximum of 5 trucks)
*Non-refundable Total amount enclosed: $__________
*The application must be submitted to the Department by hand delivery or by delivery through
the United States Postal Service or by any private courier service.
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Issuance:
If the Department determines that the applicant has satisfied all requirements under this
ordinance, it may issue a permit after wrecker inspection is completed.
Expiration of Permit:
All wrecker permits expire annually at midnight on December 31
st
, regardless of the issue date.
To renew a permit, the applicant shall file a renewal application.
Permit Renewal:
*Wreckers permit applications shall be submitted from October 1 through December 1 for the
next calendar year.
*A towing company that fails to renew the permit before it expires shall be removed from the
Non-Consent Town master list.
*Operating a wrecker with an expired permit constitutes a violation of this ordinance.
*Permits are granted to the original applicant only, and are non-transferable. Sale of a business
requires the new business to apply for a new permit.
*Permits are not assignable or transferable except that a permit may be transferred to a
replacement truck if:
The replacement truck belongs to the same towing company and the original truck will no
longer be used by the towing company on rotation;
The towing company obtains the Department’s written permission;
The replacement truck passes inspection; and
Proof of insurance is submitted to the department;
Failure to follow these procedures is a violation of this Ordinance.
Insurance Requirements:
*An applicant shall procure, and keep in full force and effect, a policy of liability and property
damage insurance. At the time of initial registration, and upon renewal, the registrant shall file,
or cause to be filed, a certificate of insurance with the Department. The certificate shall clarify
the type and amount of insurance coverage and provides for thirty (30) calendar days’ notice to
the Department of cancellation of, or material change in the policy. The certificate shall name
the City of Texas City as an additional insured.
*Prior to the issuance of any Wrecker Permit, the applicant shall file with the Department, or
cause to be filed, proof of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage issued by an insurance
company listed as an authorized auto liability lines carrier on the Texas Department of
Insurance list of authorized insurance companies. Each policy shall be issued by a casualty
insurance company authorized to do business in this state and that complies with all applicable
rules and regulations of the State Board of Insurance. Proof of insurance shall be carried in the
Wrecker at all times.
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
The required insurance shall be in the MINIMUM AMOUNTS set forth below:
For damages arising out of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one collision:
$500,000.00
For damages arising out of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one
collision: $500,000.00
For injury to or destruction of property in any one collision: $50,000.00
Each Wrecker shall have a cargo insurance policy of at least $50,000.00 coverage.
The certificate of insurance shall also specifically state:
That the policy covers the vehicle subject to the Permit;
Identify the vehicle by year, make and vehicle identification number; and
Indicate that the policy complies with the minimum liability limits established by these
rules.
*A Towing Company shall maintain insurance for each Wrecker it owns or operates which
meets the requirements of all other applicable statutes in addition to meeting the insurance
requirements set forth in this Ordinance. A Law Enforcement Officer may inspect the Wrecker
for the insurance coverage at any time.
*A Towing Company shall not participate in any non-consent tows if it fails to provide the
insurance limits.
*The city shall be named as an additional insured.
Required Identification on Wreckers:
*The owner’s full legal business name or legal assumed name as specified on the “Vehicle
Registration Listing” issued by TXDOT;
*The city and state in which the owner’s business office is located; and
*The Towing Company’s full business name and telephone number, including area code, shall
be permanently inscribed or affixed on the doors on each side of each Permitted Wrecker in
letters that are at least three (3) inches high and ½ inch wide, in contrasting colors, and clearly
visibly at fifty (50) feet during normal daylight. All other required markings shall be at least two
(2) inches high and ½ inch wide.
*Display on each Wrecker used for non-consent tows a Permit plate issued by TXDOT pursuant
to Texas Transportation Code {502.281} and as hereafter amended or its successor statute.
*Magnetic and removable signs are not permitted.
Qualification for placement on non-consent wrecker rotation list:
Only those towing companies that have met the following annual requirements shall be placed
on the non-consent wrecker rotation list:
Each wrecker service shall have a minimum of two licensed and working wreckers, but
no more than five for the rotation list. This shall ensure the wrecker service is able to
provide adequate service to the citizens it serve and the TCPD.
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Have submitted and been issued a wrecker business permit under the provisions of this
article.
Own or lease, and operate, a Vehicle Storage Facility within the city limits of Texas City,
available for the storage of automobiles which may be removed as a result of the name
of the wrecking company appearing on the Non-Consent Wrecker rotation list. Only one
towing company per Vehicle Storage Facility shall be allowed. A Vehicle Storage
Facility shall be of a size sufficient to allow for the storage of a Wrecker Company’s non-
consent tows, and shall contain a minimum of 4,000 square feet. Dealerships acting as
towing companies shall be exempt from the requirement to provide a Vehicle Storage
Facility, as provided by State Law.
Have deposited with the City Secretary a garage keeper’s legal liability policy covering
fire, theft and explosion in the vehicle storage facility in the same minimum amount as is
required by State Law for consent tows, and showing the city as an additional insured.
Maintain a twenty-four (24) hour wrecker service.
Wrecker trucks must be owned or leased by the towing company. If the wrecker is
leased, a copy of the lease agreement must be provided in lieu of the title. The lease
agreement must cover the full period of the permit. Leased wreckers may only be used
by the towing company completing the application for that wrecker. The same wrecker
may not be used by another towing company on rotation.
All tow truck owners who perform non-consent tows at the direction of the TCPD shall
store towed motor vehicles at a VSF, located within the city limits, licensed by the Texas
Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), unless otherwise directed by the police
officer authorizing the tow.
Use of non-consent wrecker rotation list:
*Upon receiving the first communication that the owner of a vehicle involved in a collision has
failed or refused to designate a wrecker company, or has specifically designated no preference,
the TCPD Dispatcher receiving the communication at police headquarters shall call the first
towing company on the list to tow a disabled vehicle and remove the vehicle from the public
streets of the City. If a towing company does not respond to the request with its wrecker within
30 minutes (absent exigent circumstances), the next towing company on the rotation list shall be
called (No Show).
*Each succeeding communication of the failure or refusal of the owner to designate a wrecker,
or where the owner has specifically designated no preference, the next company on the list shall
be called, and so on, calling each towing company on the master list in rotation and properly
annotating each call on the master list.
*The City reserves the right to cancel the “next-out” wrecker as warranted by the situation on the
scene. If the City cancels the “next-out” for any reason other than the company’s failure to
arrive within the allocated time limit, or the equipment does not meet the requirements of the
situation, the company shall be placed on top of the rotation list and shall receive the
subsequent “next-out” call.
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Records of removal of vehicle required:
*Every towing company qualified for and whose name appears at its request on the wrecker
rotation list shall maintain, at its storage facility location within the city, records as to all vehicles
moved by it after being notified to do so by personnel of the city in accordance with the
provisions of this article.
Contents and retention period:
*The records required to be kept by section 126-36 shall contain the following information:
Make, model and serial number of the disable automobile moved by the company;
Location from which the disabled vehicle was removed and time of removal;
Total amount charged for towing;
Storage rate per day; and
Description of all personal property within the disabled automobile at the time of its
removal.
Name of the driver or owner of the motor vehicle
*These records shall be preserved by the towing company for at least three (3) months from and
after the date the company came into possession of the automobile.
Inspection by Police:
* The records required to be kept by the provision of section 126-37 shall be made available to
the members of the City Police Department by the towing company at any reasonable time.
RETURN ALL APPLICATIONS TO:
Texas City Police Department
Attn: Officer Melissa Schanzer
1004 9
th
Avenue North
Texas City, TX 77590
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