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(Chron)   Houston to start towing disabled cars out of the flow of traffic on local highways, whether the owners want it or not   (chron.com) divider line 161
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2004-12-27 11:39:04 AM
Let the gunfights begin. What a mobster scheme. They don't even pull this crap in Boston Mah. Misuse of Hero tag submitter, you drive the tow trucks?
 
2004-12-27 11:41:07 AM
That's lame, I mean, I drive a new car and all, but there's always the risk of having a blow-out, and now I'm forced to pay outrageous fees to tow me off of the freeway rather than being allowed to change my own damn tire and be back on the road in 10 minutes or so?

It's a disaster waiting to happen.
 
2004-12-27 11:53:25 AM
Here is the scary part:


Motorists still face temporary seizure of their vehicle if they lack any form of payment. They will have to pick up their cars from storage lots, paying a storage fee in addition to the standard towing rate. Or a car can be sent to a mechanic, who will add the towing charge to the invoice for repairs needed.


My crappy car and I are glad we don't live in Houston.
 
2004-12-27 11:53:38 AM
ballchain

You can drive at a slower yet safe speed to the nearest exit, pull off there, and change the tire.

If it was a blowout, you aren't going to get the tire fixed, anyway. It's not gonna hurt it any more to be driven on a bit.

/not submitter
 
2004-12-27 11:59:47 AM
Here in Florida (Orlando) they can fine you up to $200 if you have an accident and don't move your a$$ off the road.

I cant stand to be sitting in traffic only to find out some asshat had a small fender bender and is waiting for a cop to show up in the only turn lane.

If no one is hurt. Move out of the way.
 
2004-12-27 12:10:38 PM
Kyosuke You don't drive on a flat tire to save the tire so it can be repaired, you're trying to save the wheel from being damaged.
 
2004-12-27 12:13:07 PM
Seth_J I know I've seen several signs in the Orlando area that read, "Move accident vehicles from roadway."
 
2004-12-27 12:16:10 PM
They need this program in Dallas
 
2004-12-27 12:23:30 PM
FLMoose:

I know I've seen several signs in the Orlando area that read, "Move accident vehicles from roadway."

Thats not all their trying to do. The emergency response time was getting so bad they had to do something about it. They have been also trying to get their response time down and working with the various agencies (note how you may see a OC Sheriff's car at an accident).
 
2004-12-27 12:28:58 PM
This needs the asinine tag. I can only imagine the mayhem when some gun-toting Texan with a flat is told that they have to pay farking 75 dollars to get a tow of one mile to an exit to change the tire.
 
2004-12-27 12:37:25 PM
It's being enforced in the worst traffic sections of the city.The tow trucks can only charge a set price and if it is a blown tire some companyies will change the tire for you included in the price.If you dumb enough to run out of gas then you deserve to pay a $75 "idiot" fee.
 
2004-12-27 12:47:37 PM
Many's the time I've sat in a traffic jam to finally creep by a couple cars stopped in the expressway because one bumped the other and broke a taillight. MOVE TO THE NEXT EXIT people!

I always thought there should be some giant machine cruising up and down during rush hour that could just push any and all disabled/wrecked vehicles off the road. So, this is not that bad an idea.
 
2004-12-27 01:02:26 PM
Zipster:

I always thought there should be some giant machine cruising up and down during rush hour that could just push any and all disabled/wrecked vehicles off the road.

Yeah, that would really end well.
 
2004-12-27 01:04:23 PM
Drivers will be able to say where their cars should be taken, within 30 miles. They'll be charged $75 for the first five miles and $1.50 per mile thereafter.

Another city scam at work. Asshats.

I have no problem with a city immediately towing any vehicle that's blocking or slowing traffic. But towing a vehicle that's quietly sitting off to the side (waiting for gas, a private tow, etc) is beyond stupid. I've driven past plenty of stranded vehicles, and have never seen one cause a traffic issue.
 
2004-12-27 01:33:06 PM
Atvar: Yeah, that would really end well.

Hehe, rush hour is not for the faint of heart.

20,000 people late for work because one moron bumped into another while fiddling with the radio. I have no sympathy for them.
 
2004-12-27 02:06:30 PM
I think even with a flat, you can make it to the shoulder without ruining the wheel.

Not to mention, any competent person could change a tire before the tow truck even got there.
 
2004-12-27 02:08:33 PM
Zipster:

20,000 people late for work because one moron bumped into another while fiddling with the radio.

Eh, I don't have any sympathy for them either. I ride my bike to work.
 
2004-12-27 02:09:36 PM
Changing a tire on the shoulder of a busy freeway is not a fun experience, especially if you're on the traffic side of the vehicle.
 
2004-12-27 02:13:07 PM
If you don't like it, just remember, if your car is parked on city property, the city can tow it.

a city street and it's side roads are city property.

$75 isn't that bad for a tow and a tire change. They'll probably have you home to your family faster too, and you won't have to get your nice work clothes dirty changing a tire.
 
2004-12-27 02:13:12 PM
Now if only we could start a similar program with disabled PEOPLE.

What?
 
2004-12-27 02:13:46 PM
If a car is in a driving lane, I can understand towing them. If a car is just on the shoulder for a few minutes, that is asinine.
/yeah my two cents has been devalued by the other 50 saying the same thing
 
2004-12-27 02:14:10 PM
How about giving a fine to the asshat who hits a parked car on the side of the road. They are the real morons.
 
2004-12-27 02:14:18 PM
"any competent person could change a tire before the tow truck even got there."

The article suggests a six minute response time, most competent people I know would spend that cussing.
 
2004-12-27 02:15:38 PM
Me? I'd screw with them. Pick a nice empty time, pull off the road for about three minutes. Zip off when i see the tow approaching. If someone stops me, I'd be all "I had to take an extremely important cell phone cal and I didn't want to be a danger to trafffic by driving and talking"
 
2004-12-27 02:15:40 PM
Considering I live in Houston and drive for a living, I feel qualified to comment on this.

They are making this law because Houstonians are incapable of passing a stalled, or damaged car without making sure they could identify the person standing near it in a lineup two years later, or so it would seem in how slow they crawl by a car even with just a flat tire. That and all the cars from Mexico that make Houston their final destination, as when they die they end up discarded.

Gun toting Texans btw, do not as a rule shoot at Cops. At least not those of us with CHL's. ;) And under the rules a cop has to authorize the tow, the wrecker driver can't just haul you off. It's expensive, but fair, and if you have AAA, or anything like it, it won't cost you anything anyway. This also keeps 15 wreckers from responding, which is the case at EVERY accident in Houston these days, because wrecker companies have to pay a fee to manage a section of the road.
 
2004-12-27 02:16:16 PM
Well, if you get out and start changing the tire immediately, they can't tow the damn thing without a tire. Then you just finish the job and you dont need the tow, problem solved. You just have to MOVE it and get your shiat together before they get there.
 
2004-12-27 02:16:28 PM
and traffic in houston will still be horrendous. what an awful, polluted, sprawling, stinking (stinkadena) craphole of a city.

the funny thing is they FINALLY spend money on mass transit and what does lee brown do? builds light rail that goes to the farking astrodome. did anyone remind him the oilers haven't played there in a while?


/houston sucks
/houston sucks
/houston sucks
/say it with me
 
2004-12-27 02:18:06 PM
I can't believe no one has said this yet. . .

$75 for a mile?
That's highway robbery.

/disappointed
 
sos
2004-12-27 02:18:44 PM
CruJones I think even with a flat, you can make it to the shoulder without ruining the wheel.

Not to mention, any competent person could change a tire before the tow truck even got there.


Yeah, you can safely get to the shoulder... but they will still tow you from the shoulder.

I can do lots of stuff on my truck in the way or repairs, but these tow trucks are supposed to respond within 6 minutes. It would still take me more than 6 minutes to change my tire. (Get jack out from under rear seat, lower tire from below bed, jack up truck with crappy scissor jack, remove 6 lugs, remove tire, install spare, install 6 lugs, lower truck, put everything in bed of truck)
 
2004-12-27 02:19:12 PM
Houston does suck!
The airport does anyway.
 
2004-12-27 02:21:14 PM
moops
and traffic in houston will still be horrendous. what an awful, polluted, sprawling, stinking (stinkadena) craphole of a city.

the funny thing is they FINALLY spend money on mass transit and what does lee brown do? builds light rail that goes to the farking astrodome. did anyone remind him the oilers haven't played there in a while?



They built Reliant stadium right next to the Astrodome.
 
sos
2004-12-27 02:21:44 PM
qbert980

That's $75 for 5 miles, but that's still expensive. I'll be damned if I would spend $75 to have someone change a tire on my truck when I am perfectly capible.

Besides being required to accept credit cards, cash, and checks, they should be required to accept AAA as well. There is a reason people pay for it.
 
2004-12-27 02:22:20 PM
Does it really matter what Houston does with these cars?

It's getting nuked today, right?
 
2004-12-27 02:22:35 PM
Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
 
2004-12-27 02:23:03 PM
the problems of urban and suburban auto owners are deserved.

your lifestyle enriches mideast despots and spoils the planet.

Cities like Houston are miserable because of the automobile.
 
2004-12-27 02:23:05 PM
highways are state property, unless I'm mistaken. If I get a flat in Houston, I will change it. Let me see him tow it when I have a tire off the vehicle. If he tries to charge me $75, then I'll have a lawyer they can talk too about that. If my car breaks down, I will have them tow me the 5 miles I get and fix it because I don't know a thing about cars.

/hates Houston for every possible reason
 
2004-12-27 02:23:05 PM
offtopic:
Wasn't there some conspiracy theorist blathering about Houston was supposed to get nuked today? Anyone got a link? That was amusing.
 
2004-12-27 02:24:10 PM
Guaranteed response time of six minutes?
AAA will pay for the tow/tire change?

I've got absolutely no issues with this, especially since getting disabled cars off the freeway removes an excuse for the farkin' rubberneckers to slow down to gawk at them.
 
2004-12-27 02:24:12 PM
Houston already pays tow truck drivers to drive the highways and remove accidents. This is just moving the process one step further. I fully support this, if your vehicle is 'disabled' you should get off the highway. There are people who need to get to work and Houston has no mass transit system. Plus, if you're good at changing your tire, you can be done before a tow truck spots you and wants to move your car. The drivers won't be psychic, they will still have to get to the scene, through the same traffic you just went through.
 
2004-12-27 02:24:27 PM
Jimbo the Slightly Impressive:
I win :)
 
2004-12-27 02:24:42 PM
Your dog wants AAA.

/Obligitory
 
sos
2004-12-27 02:24:47 PM
I am capable of spelling capable too.
 
2004-12-27 02:25:56 PM
Hmmmmmm... I wonder if Jeebus had anything to do with this.
 
2004-12-27 02:26:38 PM
I'm considering moving back to Texas, I used to live there for 14 years, and only one time did I go to Houston, and I was gone in less then five hours.
 
2004-12-27 02:26:53 PM
I live in Austin, but have to go to Houston often. I applaud the law.. It sucks being stuck in a 5 mile long traffic jam just because everyone has to watch a person change a tire on the shoulder. Houstonians are strange like that...
 
2004-12-27 02:26:59 PM
They say "Dont mess with Texas" thats because its allready been messed on! Now expect the headline to read "Tow truck driver shot by driver with a flat tire" serves him right for robbery. I drove a wrecker and didnt charge that much for a wreck in an ice storm. dont like Texas any more now than then.
GO HOGS GO
 
2004-12-27 02:28:08 PM

I've got absolutely no issues with this, especially since getting disabled cars off the freeway removes an excuse for the farkin' rubberneckers to slow down to gawk at them.


Good point, I didn't think about that. They're worse then the accident itself.
 
2004-12-27 02:28:56 PM
Your mom goes to college.
 
2004-12-27 02:29:08 PM
Tow truck driver shot? That's a good one. Maybe, MAYBE, you fumble with the zipper on the gun case before the Tow guy's rott and ole lady have you begging for your life face down on the pavement. fark with a tow driver? I think not.
 
2004-12-27 02:29:23 PM
In HS I could have gotten under the 6 minute barrier and beaten the tow truck due to my extensive practicing in jacking up my Escort to repair the exhaust with a hammer and a coat hanger, now not so much
 
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