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RULE §85.1003 Technical Requirements--Storage Lot Signs

Published: 2015

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(a) Facility information. All VSFs shall have a clearly
visible and readable sign at its main entrance. Such sign shall have
letters at least 2 inches in height, with contrasting background,
shall be visible at 10 feet, and shall contain the following information:

  (1) the registered name of the storage lot, as it appears
on the VSF license;
  (2) street address;
  (3) the telephone number for the owner to contact in
order to obtain release of the vehicle;
  (4) the facility's hours, within one hour of which
vehicles will be released to vehicle owners; and
  (5) the storage lot's state license number preceded
by the phrase "VSF License Number."
(b) All VSFs shall have a sign in view of the person
who claims the vehicle setting out the charge for storage and all
other fees, which may be charged by the storage lot, including notification
and impoundment fees. The sign may be affixed to the payment window
and shall include all forms of payments the VSF accepts for any charge
associated with delivery or storage of a vehicle. If the sign is affixed
to the payment window, it must be located so it is clearly visible
to a vehicle owner at the place of payment and meet the following
font sizes and fonts to produce text not smaller than 24 points Helvetica
or Arial Black for headers and 14 points Helvetica or Arial Condensed
for all body text.
(c) Nonconsent towing fees schedule. All VSFs shall
conspicuously place a sign, at the place of payment, which states
in 1-inch letters that:
  (1) "Nonconsent tow fees schedules available on request."
The VSF shall provide a copy of a nonconsent towing fees schedule
on request; and
  (2) The nonconsent towing fees provided for viewing
and to the vehicle owner or representative must match the nonconsent
towing fees authorized by this chapter or Texas Occupations Code §2308.2065.

(d) Instruments accepted for release of vehicle. VSFs
shall have a sign describing the documents that may be presented by
the vehicle owner or his/her authorized representative to obtain possession
of the vehicle. This sign shall list all instruments as described
in §85.710(a)(3)(A) - (I), and shall also state: "Affidavit of
Right of Possession Furnished Upon Request." The sign may be affixed
to the payment window.
(e) A VSF must conspicuously post a sign that states:
"This vehicle storage facility must accept payment by an electronic
check, credit card, or debit card for any fee or charge associated
with delivery or storage of a vehicle."
(f) Combination signs. A VSF may combine the signs
described in subsections (b), (c), (d), and (e), if the combination
sign meets the requirements of each of the separate signs.
(g) A vehicle storage facility accepting a nonconsent
towed vehicle shall post a sign in one inch letters stating "Nonconsent
tow fee schedules available on request." The vehicle storage facility
shall provide a copy of a nonconsent towing fee schedules on request.

Source Note: The provisions of this §85.1003 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