(a) Under an ordinance of a municipality regulating the parking of vehicles in the
municipality, to aid in the enforcement of the ordinance, an employee designated by
the municipality may be authorized to:
(1) immobilize a vehicle parked in the municipality; and
(2) remove an immobilized vehicle from a public roadway in the municipality.
(b) A parking facility owner or towing company may not remove a vehicle from a public
roadway except under:
(1) this chapter or a municipal ordinance that complies with Section 2308.208; or
(2) the direction of a peace officer or the owner or operator of the vehicle.
(c) In addition to the authority granted under Subsection (a) and to aid in the enforcement
of an ordinance regulating the parking of vehicles, a municipality with a population
of 1.9 million or more may authorize a designated employee to request the removal
of a vehicle parked illegally in an area designated as a tow-away zone in a residential
area where on-street parking is regulated by the ordinance.
(d) Subsections (a) and (c) do not apply to a vehicle owned by an electric, gas, water,
or telecommunications utility while the vehicle is parked for the purpose of conducting
work on a facility of the utility that is located below, above, or adjacent to the
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