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With regulations constantly changing, this session explores the broad scope and reach of the OSH Act, which is where OSHA and related state agencies draw their authority from. It will also discuss the differences between state and federal enforcement and how in California the Division of Occupational Safety and Health-- CAL/OSHA--applies. Join Brian J. Riker for his informative session, “OSHA and the Towing Industry,” taking place during Tow Industry Week at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 8-11, at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Towman Recognized for Heroism

The Minnesota State Patrol recognized troopers, citizens and other public servants who performed heroic acts in 2018 at its annual awards ceremony held Wednesday afternoon at Jimmy's Event Center in Vadnais Heights. Among those recognized with the Meritorious Citizenship Award was towman Doug Clayton, who was pulling a car out of a ditch last May when a vehicle crashed into his tow truck. The vehicle skidded into the ditch, rolled over and started on fire. Clayton rushed to the car and pulled the driver to safety. Source:
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The Peterbilt Store Awarded ‘Dealer of the Year’

Peterbilt Motors Co. named The Peterbilt Store as its 2018 Dealer of the Year. The award was presented at the 2019 Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in San Diego, California. "The Peterbilt Store has made significant investments in state-of-art facilities in multiple locations and it has paid off by making them one of the top performing dealer groups across several key metrics," said Jason Skoog, PACCAR VP and Peterbilt GM. "Their commitment to driving uptime for Peterbilt customers is something our entire dealer network should be proud of. The Peterbilt Store is a fantastic example of the customer-centric reputation Peterbilt is known for. I thank them for that commitment and for representing our brand and products in a way we all take pride in." Source:

GPS Helps Find Tow Truck Thief

A woman was arrested after she was caught on video stealing a tow truck from a gas station in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 13. Authorities say a towman with National Roadside stopped to get gas and went inside the store to use the restroom. While he was gone, the woman, who was also inside the store, walked out, got in the truck and drove off. The truck had GPS tracking on it. Police located the stolen truck and the woman, who was taken into custody. Source:
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PACCAR VP said facility investments have paid off
Towman Recognized for Heroism
Towman Doug Clayton pulled driver to safety from burning car
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Woman stole tow truck while driver was inside store

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Events and seminars for the four-day show includes WreckMaster Heavy-Duty Recovery Training, CTTA Light-Duty Recovery Training & Certification, Recovery Billing Course, Police Towers Conference and more from American Towman Academy.

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Rotator from Waggy’s Towing Wins First Place Honor at Wrecker Pageant

Don’t Work in a Vacuum

You're a rotation towman with a healthy municipal contract and it's going smoothly. So smooth, in fact, you're about to bid for county rotation when it comes up. If your company captures that, there's no telling where it may lead. You'll have to add more vehicles. Maybe soon bid for a state contract.

Then it happens.

A huge accident between another towing company on rotation in your town and a "rogue" towing company. A "rogue" with no insurance, an unlicensed operator ... and the mishap causes a complete mess.

So much of a mess, the mayor and other city officials are now taking a scrutinizing look at all towing operations. Though you've followed the letter of the law related to the contract, everybody is going to have to go through the bidding process again as the city considers implementing a new rotation scheme.

Reading how things will be mapped out ... it's possible that you could be excluded as the municipality is considering just using one towing company.

All because of a "rogue" towing company.

This is where it pays to have a voice; one that can speak up for you, fight the battle of what is fair for you. Entities such as the Police Towers of America are making moves to give law enforcement towmen a stronger voice.

It's long past the time that the towing industry should have a stronger influence. For too long, entities in local and state governments and the insurance industry have imposed their will on towing—and have taken money out of your pocket.

Resolve that you will do what you can to be a stronger voice for the industry in 2019. Working in a vacuum has not progressed your company to the degree it could have.

--Charles Duke
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