Harris County tow truck drivers, operators express concerns on new county fee

Traffic moves along a freeway in Hosuton on Sept. 6, 2017. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Harris County tow truck drivers gathered Tuesday morning to make a complaint and express their concerns of the newly adopted policies they say were imposed by Harris County and the Commissioners Court.

According to a news release from the event organizers, the policies carry an additional $27.50 fee charged to the general public. It states that the fee will go to a company based in California for a service that is otherwise available through apps for $1.

The community of tow truck drivers and operators are asking the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Commissioner’s Court to explain the purpose of the extra charge and express concerns resulting from the new policy as it allegedly affects tow truck operations, according to the release.

The president of Onsight Towing, Mark Denson, said the contract was signed on Oct. 12, 2021, during commissioner’s court to benefit the company called Auto Return, which has been implemented three to four weeks ago. Denson said this imposed policy is a concern for the towing industry and community. He said the system previously was manageable and had a set rate countywide of $145.50.

Watch the news conference below:

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