The Week's Features
Britt McHenry draws suspension for abusing clerk
New detachable can load from the rear or front
Claims of profiting from repos draws scrutiny
AT Wrecker's Kenworth/Vulcan 25-ton is highly-visible
Ohio tow company uses three big units to do job
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There are inherent risks with self-help repossession.The two-hour "Repo Certification is Necessary!" seminar led by Joe Taylor of Recovery Industry Services Company (RISC) and Mark Lacek of Commercial Asset Solutions will explain the ethics of repossession work, the content of certification programs, the need and reasons for professional certification and the requirement by the lending community for repossessors to become certified during Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas, Thursday May 14th 2-4 p.m.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 22 - April 28, 2015

Ark. Adopts [b]Towing Reforms

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed two new laws that cover towing reform efforts in the state.

SB562 requires the Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board to resolve complaints within 45 days. The board is also authorized to order tow companies to make restitution payments under certain conditions.

Another new law taking effect this summer requires the towing board to set up a complaint process for the removal or suspension of a towing company from a non-consensual rotation list, and set fines for companies that violate rotation list policies. The new law also specifies the severity of potential violations and generally requires law enforcement agencies to establish rotation lists.

The changes are to take effect in July.


CTTA Reaches [b]AB 1222 Compromise

A compromise has been reached between the California Tow Truck Association and the California State Legislature on a bill that CTTA said would undo a previous association victory that changed language on a state bill.

AB 1222 was originally introduced to eliminate "bandit towers." However, CTTA felt provisions included in the bill would also expand a local agency's regulatory authority to any towing company that is operating within its jurisdiction. The association interpreted this language as potentially subjecting each tower to a list of requirements that may differ from city to city, as well as burdensome fees associated with each jurisdiction it drove through.

While the details are still being ironed out, the sponsor of the bill agreed to eliminate that provision and other "offensive provisions."
By Don Lomax

Miller's Industries' [b]Century 1150 Rotator

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The Century 1150 Rotator features 360 degrees of boom rotation, a 3-stage recovery boom, numerous outrigger options, optional deck and turret mounted winches and field tested and proven SDU-4 underlift. See all of the latest and most innovative towing and recovery products from Miller Industries at Tow Industry Week, May 14-16, 2015, at the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas in the SouthPoint Hotel & Casino.
By the end of 2015, I will be:
1) purchasing one or more tow trucks
2) Adding a trailer or other specialty equipment (motorcycle lift, etc.)
3) keeping my fleet the same as it is now
4) looking to sell one or more of my existing fleet

Show Season Is Here!

Well, the tow-show season is upon us and soon the industry will be heading out to Las Vegas, Nev., to the American Towman ShowPlace taking place at the SouthPoint Hotel & Casino, May 14-16.

The tow-show experience is valuable for attendees to experience multiple sides of the industry. From training opportunities to equipment research to hospitalities, one can get a feel for all that goes into a tow business and the industry at-large.

Personally, it's a great opportunity to get reacquainted with some of the great people I haven't seen in quite some time, as I did recently in Florida. I even "operated" a rotator while I was down there.

In any case, we're back at it again—and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you on the circuit!
--Charles Duke
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Terri and Tom Haskins of All Service Citgo in Bennington, Vt., were the big winners at the Florida Tow Show as they drove off with the 2015 Hino Trucks/Miller Industries car carrier truck raffled by the Professional Wreckers of Florida. Shown here are (from left): Glenn Landau, PWOF President; Randy Olson, Miller Industries; winners Terri and Tom Haskins; Gary Mickiewicz, Hino Trucks; Mike Seamon, PWOF Executive Director.
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