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Proposed New Towing Law Now Attached to H.R.22 and H.R. 2577

Urgent Action Required

There are two separate action items that need everyone's immediate attention. The details are outlined below.

 

Action Item #1

Section 1439 on H.R. 22 - 2015 Highway Funding Bill

SEC. 1439. REGULATION OF MOTOR CARRIERS OF PROPERTY

Section 14501 (c)(2)(C) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking "the price of' and all that follows through "transportation is" and inserting "the regulation of tow truck operations".

 

The Conference Committee met on 11/18/15. There has been an extension to 12/4/2015 to finalize the conference agreement. It is imperative that everyone contact their Representatives and Senators on the Committee IMMEDIATELY to change Section 1439.
 

Conference Committee Contact List

 

Action Item #2

SA 2846 to H.R. 2577

 

SA 2846. Mr. CARDIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2812 proposed by Ms. Collins (for herself and Mr. Reed) to the bill H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

 

On page 46, between lines 9 and 10, insert the following:

Sec. 138.  Section 14501(c)(2)(C) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking "the price of for-hire motor vehicle transportation by a tow truck, if such transportation is'' and inserting "the regulation of tow truck operations''.

 

It is imperative that everyone contacts their Senator today regarding SA 2846! Below is a link to the full Senate contact list.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/states.htm 

We need everyone's voice to stop this amendment as written or risk the regulation of the entire towing industry. This will impact towers in every state and county across the United States.
 

The TRAA Press Release and TRAA Official Response documents linked below provide background on the proposed Towing Law. We recommend using the talking points in the TRAA Call to Action document below. The time to act is now!

 

The above links can also be found on www.traaonline.com.

 

TRAA has been the "The Voice of America's Towing Industry" for over 35 years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the towing and recovery industry through legislation, education and communication. Working diligently with state associations and members we strive for professionalism and a fair and profitable industry. Our National Driver Certification Program (NDCP) developed through a grant from the Federal Department of Transportation is recognized as the national standards for tow truck operators. TRAA is proud to have contributed to the safety of our industry through the certification of over 16,000 tow operators across the country.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joanne Blyton, Legislative Chair

at 888.392.9300 or email at contact@traaonline.com.

700 12th St NW, Suite 700  Washington, DC  20005

UPDATE - Amendment No. 42 on H.R. 3763

Urgent Call to Action

The Conference Committee considering Amendment No. 42 on H.R. 3763 will close next Friday (11/20/2015). This is our only opportunity to petition state Representative and Senators on the Committee to change the amendment. We need everyone's voice to stop this amendment as written or risk the regulation of the entire towing industry. This will impact towers in every state and county across the United States.

The TRAA Press Release and TRAA Official Response documents linked below provide background on the Amendment. The contact information for state Representatives on the Committee is below, we recommend using the talking points in the TRAA Call to Actiondocument below. The deadline is Friday, November 20th, the time to act is now!

 

TRAA has been the "The Voice of America's Towing Industry" for over 35 years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the towing and recovery industry through legislation, education and communication. Working diligently with state associations and members we strive for professionalism and a fair and profitable industry. Our National Driver Certification Program (NDCP) developed through a grant from the Federal Department of Transportation is recognized as the national standards for tow truck operators. TRAA is proud to have contributed to the safety of our industry through the certification of over 16,000 tow operators across the country.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joanne Blyton, Legislative Chair

at 888.392.9300 or email at contact@traaonline.com.

PROPOSED NEW TOWING LAW ADDED TO 2015 FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING LEGISLATION

TRAA Call to Action

Washington, DC, November 5, 2015 - The Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. ® (TRAA) has been closely monitoring H.R.2563 - State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act since its introduction by representatives from Maryland and Virginia on May 21, 2015. The proposed new law would permit broader regulation of the towing industry by state and local governments.  On Tuesday, that proposed new towing law was attached to the 2015 federal highway funding bill which is rocketing through Congress.  Earlier today, the funding bill, with the towing amendment attached, was referred to a joint conference committee for final consideration.

 

The proposed new towing law would amend Title 49, Section 14501 of the U.S. Code to read as follows: [The 1994 federal deregulation law] does not apply to the authority of a State or a political subdivision of a State to enact or enforce a law, regulation, or other provision relating to the price of for-hire motor vehicle transportation by a tow truck, if such transportation is the regulation of tow operations performed without the prior consent or authorization of the owner or operator of the motor vehicle."

 

The law expands local regulatory authority over non-consensual towing beyond the current authority to regulate only price, safety and prior written authorization.  While the amendment proposed in the Bill may seem simple please do not underestimate its intent, TRAA is concerned that it would allow for the regulation of all non-consent "tow truck operations," not just private property impounding (PPI). 

 

Predatory towing is not an activity engaged in by most towers. Of the towers that do perform PPI, many use aggressive towing practices.  While the instances of PPI towing problems are limited, they have become much publicized and a concern for the general motoring public. With that in mind, some in Congress believe that all towing industry practices need to be regulated. In essence the philosophy is to regulate the whole in order to eliminate the problematic minority.

 

We must continue to conduct ourselves as professionals in our work and in our charges. Those that engage in aggressive PPI towing practices need to develop more professional techniques. Once regulation starts, more will come. This is the time for the towing industry to stand united for the good of everyone large and small.

 

TRAA will lobby the members of the Conference Committee against the further passage of the towing amendment in its current form and at minimum press for an amendment to stipulate the regulation of private property tow operations rather than the regulation of all non-consent tow operations. This amendment would better represent the legislature's true intent.

 

TRAA will be submitting a position paper outlining the deficiencies with this bill, highlighting the fact that no public hearings were held to allow for input from the towing industry.  This we believe was a gross oversight and should be corrected.

 

This is a call to action to the industry as a whole! Please contact the TRAA office via email at contact@traaonline.com for a copy of the legislative action bulletin providing a summary of TRAA objections, and then call or e-mail your congress members offices to express your concerns about this last minute amendment to the highway funding bill. We still have a chance to make a difference. Don't delay...call and email today!

 

TRAA has been the "The Voice of America's Towing Industry" for over 35 years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the towing and recovery industry through legislation, education and communication. Working diligently with state associations and members we strive for professionalism and a fair and profitable industry. Our National Driver Certification Program (NDCP) developed through a grant from the Federal Department of Transportation is recognized as the national standards for tow truck operators. TRAA is proud to have contributed to the safety of our industry through the certification of over 16,000 tow operators across the country.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joanne Blyton, Legislative Chair

at 888.392.9300 or email at contact@traaonline.com.

700 12th St NW, Suite 700  Washington, DC  20005

Keystone Tape and Supply returns to San Antonio

 


logo-2-1 The guys at Keystone Tape returned to the San Antonio Tow show with one mission , to continue providing the #1 Krash Wrap to the Tow Industry along with other key products that they all use Everyday. owner: Chuck Johnson has been in the Adhesive Based products for over 25plus years and continues to listen to the end users and all the Industries to keep providing them the very Best products for there companies to get the Job done.

The last couple years Keystone Tape and Supply has been providing A safe Water Spill Recovery Product to the Salvage Industry , This Safe Water spill System has caught the Attention of the Tow Industry . and other First responders on the crash scene, Keystone Tape has Teamed with ECS , and are providing the Knowledge to correctly recover the Spill with the FM-186-2 Hydrocarbon Mitigation Chemical and provide the cleanup properly, In San Antonio Keystone brought in Jim Figueira from ECS to provide information on the Recovery System and the Spill Recovery Cost to be billed to the Insurance companies.

KEYSTONE TAPE AND SUPPLY IS NOW PROVIDING THE RECOVERY SYSTEM KITS @ $346.10 keyspill2015-2

Show Bolsters Texas Tow Industry

 


The successful draw to San Antonio for the recent Tow Expo Int'l not only benefitted the 100 plus industry suppliers who exhibited, and not only the thousands of towers who attended, but the industry at large in Texas. "The show," said Southwest Tow Operators Executive Director Tommy Anderson, "provided education to help towers be more successful and more professional. And our legislative meetings, well attended, helped update towers on what they need to know to be compliant with the state's laws regulating the towing industry. Once again this was an important event for the Texas towing industry."

www.towindustryweek.com

Contact Info

  • Southwest Tow Operators
  • 811 S Central Expwy Suite 200
  • Richardson, Texas, 75080
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-9300

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