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LSI Adds Sales Director

Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of Hot Shot's Secret fuel and oil additives, recently added Brian Merz as its director of national account sales. Merz has two decades of experience in strategic planning, new business development and sales management. "Within the last year, we have positioned Hot Shot's Secret to be the brand to watch for increased market share," said Chris Gabrelcik, LSI president. "We are now poised to fully support our distribution partners with the level of attention and planning that will help move product quickly." Source: lubricationspecialties.com.
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Tennessee Association Gets Law Passed

After lengthy negotiations between law enforcement and the Tennessee Tow Truck Association, the Association's proposed legislation for operational changes passed unanimously in both state houses. The bill calls for changes in the timing for a tow truck driver to call law enforcement to determine if a car is stolen from "before they tow" to "15 minutes after they tow." In addition, it changes the timing for when a tower verifies the ownership/lien holder of the vehicle to three days after receiving owner verification from the state and creates a nine-member towing advisory board with members from law enforcement, the towing industry and insurance. The bill goes into effect July 1. Source: Tennessee Tow Truck Association.

Bolt Lock Revamps Website

Bolt Lock recently debuted its new website designed to be user- and mobile-friendly. Bolt's vehicle match feature allows users to easily find all of the available locks for their specific vehicle. The new design places vehicle selection on the homepage for easy access to available products. The website now includes sections showcasing products for specific use applications such as towing, off-roading, outdoor activities and more. This additional feature better allows users to locate which locks are best suited for their specific needs and applications. Source: boltlock.com.
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Tennessee Association Gets Law Passed
Law creates towing advisory board and other operational changes
LSI Adds Sales Director
Brian Merz is the new director of national account sales
Bolt Lock Revamps Website
New design and features highlight website revamp

Exhibitors Ready for AT ShowPlace

Over 170 exhibitors will be on hand May 9-12 as the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas will open its doors to the nation's tow bosses.

Co-sponsored by TowIndustryWeek.com, towing's exclusive online weekly publication, and American Towman Magazine, the industry's leading monthly magazine, American Towman ShowPlace - Las Vegas will put towmen face-to-face with suppliers, educators, top trainers, and leading towing professionals from around the world.

The major tow truck body manufacturers will be represented, including Dual-Tech, Dynamic, Jerr-Dan, NRC Industries, and Miller Industries. Heavy and car hauling trailer builders Landoll, Kalyn-Siebert, Futura Trailers and Sun Country Trailers will be displaying their wares, as well. The exhibit floor will also feature major motor clubs, tow truck accessories, emergency lighting, finance and insurance firms.

It all will take place at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online registration is still available at atshowplace.com.

Source: AT Staff
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2018 Relay Begins in North Carolina
• April 25 - May 01, 2018

Cash & Points

From an article appearing in the April 23 edition of the Chicago Tribune:

"The measure passed at the April 3 (Lincolnwood, Illinois) Village Board meeting allows Lincolnwood to begin charging a $500 administrative fee to motorists whose vehicle ends up being impounded following involvement in particular crimes outlined in state law. ...

"'The Illinois Vehicle Code allows for municipalities to assess an administrative towing fee for vehicles towed in connection with the following offenses: DUI, drug-related offenses, driving without a valid driver's license, theft, and any other misdemeanor or felony under the Illinois Criminal Code,' village officials wrote in a memo to trustees, urging passage of the ordinance."

I'm hoping that one of the offenses covered will be that of the state's Move Over law.

Since December 2017, 11 towmen have been killed working the white line. Dozens more have been hit.

Numbers like these suggests that motorists aren't taking the law seriously.

One of the reasons that towmen have stated is because the penalty for violating the Move Over law isn't stiff enough. Some have said it's akin to a slap on the wrist, with little enforcement behind it. There are periodic campaigns that are staged by law enforcement agencies aided by one or two towing companies; but after the campaign, motorists are (for the most part) right back to ignoring the law.

I'm suggesting, as others have, a heftier fine along with points would put some teeth into the law and get drivers' attention. It's universally agreed in the towing industry that something has to be done to make it more effective.

--Charles Duke
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NRC's CSR65 Rotator

spotlight e7cf7NRC Industries CSR65 Rotator is a 65-ton wrecker the company said is well-suited for tough recovery jobs. It includes a quad rail slide system for more torsional strength designed for a larger load bearing surface. In addition, the CSR65 boasts of an additional rear compartment and 15-percent overall extra storage capacity and electronic proportional controls from both sides of the wrecker. Come see all that NRC has to offer at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 9-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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