TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Have submitted and been issued a wrecker business permit under the provisions of this
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.