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TDLR Strategic Planning Session Dates and Locations

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) invites you to join us for our 2018 Strategic Planning Sessions in Arlington! These face-to-face sessions are your opportunity to share your ideas and opinions with us directly about how we’re doing and how we can improve. Your feedback during these open and interactive sessions will help us chart the course for TDLR’s future.

April 9, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel Arlington
700 Avenue H East

April 9, 2018
Radisson El Paso Airport
1770 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, Texas

April 16, 2018
Crowne Plaza Northwest
12801 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas

April 16, 2018
DoubleTree Suites
1800 S 2nd Street
McAllen, Texas

April 23, 2018
Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin
3401 S. IH-35

Your Voice Matters

We value your input and look forward to hearing from you. During each session participants will be asked to respond to the following questions about TDLR:

What are we doing well?
If you were king or queen for a day, what changes would you make to TDLR’s laws, rules, or processes?
During the next five years, what major changes do you expect in your profession or industry, and in the state of Texas?
What changes should we make to prepare for the next catastrophic event, such as Hurricane Harvey?

Ideas and suggestions from strategic planning sessions make a difference. We make process improvement and rule changes based on your feedback, and we share your feedback with state lawmakers. Your ideas can create real change for Texas.

TRAA ELD Exemption Petition - Comment Period is Open!

On December 13, 2017, the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for an exemption from electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for the towing industry.

Together the TRAA Cabinet and the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network® (TRAA LAN™) have worked diligently on behalf of the towing industry to present a compelling argument for a much-needed exemption. The petition was posted to the Federal Register on January 10, 2019 ( ).

We need the towing industry to submit positive, factual, and informational comments in favor of our request. It is vital that the comments are well thought out and supportive of our argument.

Therefore, we are asking each State Towing Association to reach out to their members and ask them to comment in support of this petition. In addition, if your association has a relationship with any other organization that might be in support of our exemption request, please ask them to submit positive comments as well. The comment period ends on February 9, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the TRAA Office at or TRAA Legislative and TRAA LAN™ Chair, Joanne Blyton at .

TRAA Files for Exemption from Electronic Logging Devices

Brian J Riker
Fleet Compliance Solutions, LLC

January 10, 2018. The Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA) has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for a renewable, five year exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Today, the FMCSA has published a notice and request for comments in the Federal Register seeking input from industry stakeholders and the general public. The public comment period is open for thirty days beginning today. Comments can be filed at, reference Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0372, or by writing the FMCSA at; 
Docket Management Facility 
U.S. Department of Transportation 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001
Be sure to reference Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0372.

It is imperative that towers file comments on this request so that our industry is not burdened with this costly regulation.

Want to file your comments?. This will take you directly to the correct docket to file comments on

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Living Wealth Workshop - April 28 and 29

Embassy Suites
2401 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, Texas, 76051

Has anyone ever showed you how to get all your money back on anything you buy?

This is not a gimmick, get rich quick scheme, or sales presentation. It's purely educational in nature to share with you about a process that has been around for over 200 years that most people are unfamiliar with.

The Infinite Banking Concept is the most efficient way of using your money in your lifetime and leave a legacy to your loved ones.
It is a process, not a product; that gives you the ability to leverage your money tax-free with guaranteed growth. Not only is your money in a stable, tax free growth environment, but you have freedom to use your money at any time.

What you'll learn in the Living Wealth Workshop:

• How to get all your money back on major purchases
• How keeping your money in motion is better than letting it sit
• How the banking business works
• How to recapture the cost of cars, even make a profit on them
$400,000 of debt in under 5 years
• Plan better for retirement

Please contact Chris Shortino, Shortino & Associates, for more details at or 214-641-1890

Contact Info

  • Southwest Tow Operators
  • 660 N Central Expressway, Suite 230
  • Plano, Texas 75074
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-9300

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