§ 8-131. Wrecker driver and wrecker driver trainee—license required, qualifications  


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  • (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to perform a nonconsent tow unless he has a current wrecker driver license issued by the city, which license shall be prominently displayed on his person during any nonconsent tow.

    (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, permit or cause another to drive or operate any auto wrecker for the purpose of performing a nonconsent tow unless the person has a current wrecker driver license issued by the city.

    (c) It shall be unlawful for any person to allow, permit, or cause a person with a wrecker driver trainee license to drive any auto wrecker on the public roadways.

    (d) To qualify for a wrecker driver's license, an applicant must:

    (1) Be at least 18 years old;

    (2) Hold a valid driver's license and towing operator's license issued by the state;

    (3) For the initial application, present proof of successful completion of a defensive driving course approved by the Texas Education Agency within the preceding 12 months;

    (4) Not have been convicted of an offense pertaining to wrecker drivers listed in section 1-10 of this Code;

    (5) Not have been involved in more than two motor vehicle accidents within any 12 month period during the preceding 36 months in which the chief of police could reasonably determine from a government-issued crash report that the applicant was at fault;

    (6) Be subject to no outstanding warrants of arrest; and

    (7) Provide evidence that he has passed the drug screening test required by section 8-132(c) of this Code.

    (e) An applicant for a wrecker driver trainee license must meet the requirements of items (d)(1),(2), (4), and (6) of this section.

(Ord. No. 05-116, § 5, 2-9-05; Ord. No. 2013-1159, § 5, 12-11-2013; Ord. No. 2014-482, §§ 10—12, 5-28-2014)