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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 19 - July 25, 2017

Jerr-Dan Expands Service

Jerr-Dan has expanded its Tow Support program by adding district service managers providing full regional coverage and carrying and stocking more parts in inventory. The enhanced approach to customer service is designed to support customers after the initial purchase, encompassing all aspects of customer service. "Tow Support is all about keeping our customers up and running in a faster more efficient way," said Mike VanAken, Director for Jerr-Dan Aftermarket Support. Source:
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Tow Fees in the Books

Twice Liberty County, Texas, commissioners invited area tow companies to workshops to allow them to voice their concerns about the new rates; if they needed to be changed, commissioners were willing to do so. However, the towmen were no-shows. As a result, commissioners are assuming tow businesses in the area are satisfied with the rates and the coming enforcement. The new fees are $175 for a non-consent tow with $3.50 charged for every loaded mile. For accidents, the tow fee is $225 and $3.50 for every loaded mile. The county also established a new wrecker company policy that states that a new company will have to be in business for two years in the county before the possibility of being added to the rotation list. Source:

Fee Ordinance Approved in Ga.

The Woodstock (Georgia) City Council has approved an ordinance setting fees for tow companies wanting to tow unauthorized vehicles in the city. The ordinance provides for weight-determined fees limited to $150 to $750 for towing, and no storage fee for the first 24 hours and ranging from $15 to $50 a day thereafter. If the owner shows up before a vehicle is loaded, it must be released at no charge; if the vehicle is hooked, the company can charge up to $75 to release it. Source:
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Spirit Ride Gets to New Mexico

Albuquerque became one of more than 60 cities to have participated in the American Towman Spirit Ride July 19, which began in Massachusetts last month and will visit more than 250 cities by the end of 2018.

"The nicest part is that everyone has joined together and united as one," said participant Linda Unruh, the owner of All-Rite Towing & Repair in Tucumcari.

The event was very personal for Unruh. Her son, Bobby Unruh, was killed by an 18-wheeler on the side of I-40 in February during recovery work while getting a colleague out of harm's way. His death helped to push the Move Over or Slow Down for Hazard Lights Act into law, said Johnny R. Johnson, managing director of the New Mexico Trucking Association.

Michael Tavenner, owner of Tavenner's Towing & Recovery in Moriarty, hoped that people follow this new law so that his employees and others will be safe.

"We're always on the side of the road; my drivers are always on the side of the road," he said.

Tavenner and Unruh, along with an escort of emergency vehicles, transported the Spirit Casket into Albuquerque where a ceremony took place at Balloon Fiesta Park. At the end of the ceremony, Spirit was transported to Socorro and Truth Or Consequences, where Brian Klein and the Klein Motor Company and Greg Knittle of Knittle's Towing Service hosted additional ceremonies later in the day.

Unruh said she is looking forward to the opportunity the Spirit Ride presents to bring awareness to the issue of the Move Over law.

"My healing is to save others," Unruh said. "It's my journey to make something positive. I don't want anybody else to have to go through that."

Spirit Ride ceremonies will also take place this week in: Las Cruces and Santa Theresa, New Mexico (July 20); Carlsbad, New Mexico (July 21); and Abilene, Texas (July 22). Host companies include Luchini's Towing & Recovery and Action Towing (Las Cruces), Interstate Towing & Recovery (Carlsbad) and M&R Wrecker Recovery (Abilene)

Sources:, AT Staff.
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TV Coverage of Towman Spirit Ride • July 19 - July 25, 2017

Feeling Proud

It's a wonderful thing to see the pride that towmen around the country are showing with their participation in the Spirit Ride. I beam with every TV and newspaper report I see of ceremonies that have taken place.

To see tow companies—inspiring in their company uniforms standing shoulder-to-shoulder, while Mike Corbin, tow bosses, town officials and local first responders address the crowds assembled for each ceremony—it's a good feeling!

It shows what can truly be accomplished when the towing industry works together. Each ceremony and all of the media coverage is really driving home the message and the importance of the Move Over laws.

Towmen should really be proud that the public is beginning to its perception of the industry. As a result, the towman is gaining respect for the trained and knowledgeable professionals they are.
--Charles Duke
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