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Ticket, Towing Revenue Declines in D.C.

Parking ticket and towing revenue is on the decline in the District of Columbia. While the District collected about $75 million in parking tickets and towing fees in the 2016 and 2017 budget years, that dropped to $69.4 million in the 2018 budget year ending Sept. 30. In the first four months of the current budget year, from Oct. 1, 2018, to Jan. 30, 2019, the city has collected $21 million in parking tickets and fees, which would set a pace for another decline this fiscal year. Source: wtop.com.
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Woman Sentenced for Killing Texas Towman

The woman who admitted hitting and killing towman Scott Bowles in Harker Heights, Texas, back in May 2017 won't spend any time in jail. A judge gave Sybil Warrick five years deferred adjudication on a count of criminal negligent homicide. Warrick pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year. Bowles had pulled up to work the accident on Westbound Highway 190/I-14. A police spokesman said he had his emergency lights operating, had gotten out of the tow truck and was walking back to hook up the vehicle to be towed when he was hit by the passing minivan. He was pronounced dead by a justice of the peace at Seton Hospital in Harker Heights. Police reported that the driver of the minivan did stop. Source: centexproud.com.

Volvo Delivers its First [b]Electric Trucks

Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles Tuesday—a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner hauler TGM, operating in Sweden. The Volvo FL Electric trucks are part of a pre-series developed in collaboration with selected customers. Series production of the Volvo FL Electric and its sibling, the Volvo FE Electric, is expected to commence with a limited number of European models later this year. Source: ccjdigital.com.
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Woman Sentenced for Killing Texas Towman
Texas judge gave Sybil Warrick five years deferred adjudication
Ticket, Towing Revenue Declines in D.C.
Money collected dropped to $69.4 million in the 2018 budget year
Volvo Delivers its First Electric Trucks
Refuse truck and distribution trucks delivered to Swedish companies

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 Feb. 14 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: kstp.com.
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Oscar Worthy?

This Sunday night, the 91st Academy Awards will be handed out in Hollywood. I may watch it, as I saw a lot of movies the past few months—many of them worthy of Tinsel Town's premier golden statuette.

There was one movie that I was on the lookout for last year that apparently never made it East. If it did, it must not have done too well—here today, gone tomorrow.

The movie was "22 Chaser," a crime-drama made in Canada that has as its centerpiece the towing industry. According to Noel Murray's October 2018 review that appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," the movie centers on

"Ben, an honorable tow-truck driver in an industry where the competition races to the site of accidents, then misleads crash victims into over-paying for tows. When his boss dangles the promise of a lucrative contract with the police, Ben borrows money from a loan shark to keep his truck on the road, then has to consider violating his code of ethics to pay back what he owes."

Having seen only the two-minute trailer for it, it looks like it has a gripping storyline; however, it also looks like it approaches the towing industry from a not-so-noble angle. Still, I'm sure there is some reality to it.

Has anyone in the industry seen this movie? If so, what were your impressions? Does it paint a realistic picture of the industry?

I see it is available on several popular streaming sites, and I may see it for myself in the not-too-distant future. I will say this: it doesn't appear to be something that would garner an Oscar; but the trailer did look compelling enough that one would be entertained.

--Charles Duke

Tougher Regulation Being Considered

A measure to more closely regulate private tow companies has been approved by a Philadelphia, Pa., city council committee and now moves on to the entire council for consideration.

The legislation, which addresses towing vehicles from private lots and driveways, mandates specific fees and storage costs.

Councilman Bill Greenlee said he's heard plenty from people feeling scammed by towing companies.

"Unfortunately, these towing companies give out a lot of erroneous information -- and that is one of many," he said.

If approved by the full Council, the standard towing fee for a car would be $175 with a $25 per day storage fee. Those charges would double for big trucks.

Source: www.newsworks.org
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