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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 12 - September 19, 2016

Favoritism on Mass. Pike Contracts

An investigative report by a local Boston, Mass., TV station revealed the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and state police played favorites when awarding towing contracts along the Mass. Pike. The report specifically cites one towing company as having received preferential treatment. It found committee members that reviewed the bids for Pike lacked adequate experience, training and preparation to evaluate bids. The review revealed the bid committee had prior interactions with the towing company cited in the report and lacked impartiality. Source: fox25boston.com.
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APTRA’s Move Over Awareness Day will be Oct. 29.

APTRA Move Over Day

The Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association will hold their annual Move Over Awareness Day & Tow Truck Parade on Oct. 29 in Phoenix. It will start with a tow truck parade at 8 a.m. Gary Cooley of Barnett's Towing, chair of the event committee, said, "There will be something for everyone! A lock-out, tire change, and a light-duty driver obstacle course competition, as well as numerous booths from industry vendors." Sponsors for the event include AAA Arizona, Rush Truck Centers, Sanderson Truck Equipment and the Phoenix Truck Driving Institute. "Public awareness to the Move Over laws and that towers are part of it, is the only way to help save our lives," Cooley said. Source: APTRA.

Tow Administrator Retires

San Diego Police Sgt. Patti Clayton, the city's Traffic Division tow administrator, has announced her retirement after 25 years of service to the San Diego Police and the citizens of San Diego, effective Sept. 23. Clayton has been a familiar face at the American Towman Expo in past years with interest in learning the total operations of the towing and recovery industry. Source: AT staff report.
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APTRA Move Over Day
Day-long event in Phoenix will take place Oct. 29
Favoritism on Mass. Pike Contracts
Investigative report reveals inexperienced decision makers
Tow Administrator Retires
San Diego Police Sgt. Patti Clayton served 25 years

Roper Resigning [b]from ITRHFM

Angela Roper, executive director of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is stepping down from the position effective Dec. 8, 2016.

Roper has been at the helm throughout a successful growth period for the museum, including many positive changes for the museum facilities, finances, marketing and created the event rental program for a portion of the building.

Resumes are currently being accepted by ITRHFM for the executive director position and must be submitted via the ad on Indeed.com no later than October 4 to be considered.

Source: internationaltowingmuseum.org.
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Uniting for a [b]Higher Rate

This week, I'm applauding the efforts of the towing companies in Ocean City, Md., who united and proposed a rate increase for municipal tows in the resort town.

These towmen haven't seen a rate hike in eight years; this in a city that sees high nightly hotel rates and expensive restaurants catering to tourists. Granted, its tourism peaks are seasonal—but the towing companies deserve their due as costs for running a business have risen exponentially since the last rate change.

Currently, the maximum rate for a standard tow in Ocean City is $150, and, according to John Derrickson of John's Auto Body, the fixed costs alone surpass that.

I'm going to follow the proceedings of their situation closely, and wish them success in their pursuit of a higher rate.
--Charles Duke
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