A&A Wrecker and Recovery will participate with Austin Police Departments Highway Enforcement Command to enforce the Move Over Law tomorrow. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2019 Contact: Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017 APD Highway Enforcement to Conduct Move Over Operation Media: Detective Patrick Oborski will be available for interviews tomorrow and can also have a tow truck representative present if you submit your request by 3 p.m. today. The Austin Police Department Highway Enforcement Command (APD HEC) will be conducting an operation to enforce the Texas Move Over Law, tomorrow, June 12. This law states that drivers must vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit. APD will have approximately 18 officers during this operation and will gather for a briefing at 8:15 a.m., in the Cabela’s parking lot in Buda. The operation will take place inside Austin city limits, but this is where they will stage beforehand. 8:15 a.m. APD Briefing on Texas Move Over Law Cabela’s – Buda 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd. This operation will focus on drivers not moving over for tow trucks that have emergency lights activated while on the side of the highway. Research from AAA shows that a tow truck driver is hit and killed once every six days, making it one of the most dangerous jobs. The Transportation Code was amended in 2013 to include tow trucks as emergency vehicles. This will be the first of a series of operations to educate the public on the law and to help protect our partners in the towing industry.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is discontinuing periodic inspections of tow companies. Local jurisdictions have ordinances overseeing tow company and tow truck operations, and the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Department of Motor Vehicles also inspect tow trucks, depending on their size. Discontinuing these periodic, routine inspections will reduce the redundant regulatory burdens on this industry and allow both TDLR and licensees to more efficiently use their time and limited resources to perform additional time-intensive inspections of massage, cosmetology and vehicle storage facility establishments. Texas law does not require TDLR to perform periodic inspections of tow companies or tow trucks. Further, there have been no serious health or safety violations identified by TDLR during these inspections. TDLR will continue to investigate complaints received regarding tow companies, check insurance, and perform spot inspections when necessary. Note: TDLR will continue to investigate complaints received regarding tow companies, check insurance, and perform spot inspections when necessary. Notification Info on swtowop.org