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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 10 - January 16, 2018

Montana DOJ Seeks Towmen

The Montana Department of Justice is seeking applications for a three-yearnmembership to the Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee. The committee reviews and resolves complaints involving tow truck issues. It's comprised of two members from the tow truck industry, and one member each from the motor carrier industry, the insurance industry, the general public and from the Montana Highway Patrol. Those interested should send application letters to Montana Highway Patrol, Attn: Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee, 2681 Palmer St., Ste. B, Missoula, MT 59808. Deadline is January 24. Source: kmmsam.com.
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HD Training in Florida from Miller, Crouch

The Sunshine State Towing Association will be hosting an Ultra Heavy-Duty Training Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Miller Industries and Crouch Tow Trucks will sponsor the all-inclusive (meals and materials) three-day training that will take place at Crouch's Orlando, Florida, location. The training, conducted by Tom Luciano and John Hawkins of Miller Industries, will cover the latest techniques in towing and recovery and include hands-on and classroom sessions. The RISC-recognized course will demonstrate new Miller equipment; other vendors will be on-hand as well. Watch for more information and additional extras to be included with the packages at crouchtowtrucks.com and facebook.com/crouchs-wrecker-equipment-sales. Source: crouchtowtrucks.com.

Will-Burt Celebrating 100th Year

The Will-Burt Co. in Orrville, Ohio, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018 with events to honor its heritage and celebrate its future. The mobile lighting systems company was founded by Burton W. Cope and partner William Tschantz, and has been 100-percent employee-owned since the 1980s. The company said that several employee and customer-focused programs will be scheduled throughout the year, culminating in a community event on August 25 for all in Orrville, Ohio. Source: willburt.com.
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TRAA Petitions for ELD Exemption

The Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a renewable, five-year exemption from the electronic logging device mandate. 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 January 10.

Comments can be filed at regulations.gov, 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. Comments may also be filed at: www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=FMCSA-2017-0372&fp=true&ns=true

"Be sure to reference Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0372," said Brian J. Riker, compliance specialist and president of Fleet Compliance Solutions. "It is imperative that towers file comments on this request so that our industry is not burdened with this costly regulation."

Source: Fleet Compliance Solutions
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• January 10 - January 16, 2018

BRRRRRR ...

We're in the early throes of winter, and already many tow businesses have had plenty of round-the-clock operational days. There are many news reports of non-stop calls coming into shops, keeping operators on their toes in their quest to keep the roads clear.

I was originally going to write "particularly in the northeast," but this year I've read about snow falling as far south as Jacksonville, Florida. A news item that appears this week speaks of the heroics of a towman in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, assisting a woman who became stranded in the snow when her car broke down.

Here in the northeast, news reports constantly repeated the phrase "bomb cyclone" to describe last week's wicked weather.

Of course, towmen have to be prepared on all fronts. ...

... All fronts include being dressed appropriately to face these wicked elements. With that, I'd like to welcome aboard Brian J. Riker to the Tow Industry Week team as our Tow Business Editor. Brian, who is the president of Fleet Compliance Solutions and is an expert in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration matters, contributes his first article titled, "Cold Weather Safety." It addresses precautions towmen need to take in extreme weather conditions. Check it out on the Tow Business & Operations page.

Stay safe, stay warm ... it's BRUTAL out there!

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