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$475K Fine for Predatory Towing

All County Towing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines after targeting cars at a mall in Sunrise. Companies caught making illegal tows in Sunrise will face fines as high as $15,000 per incident. All County illegally towed 94 cars near the Sawgrass Mills mall over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday. A judge ordered All County to pay $411,000, or $4,372.34 per tow. At the city's request, the judge tacked on $41,498 in interest and $4,475 in legal fees, bringing the final tally to $457,520. Source:
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Navistar, Love's Form Service Partnership

Navistar Inc. has signed a service partnership agreement with Love's Travel Stops (Love's), which adds more than 315 Love's Truck Tire Care and Speedco locations and more than 1,000 technicians to Navistar's International service network. The exclusive partnership, which will be fully operational in the second half of 2019, authorizes most Love's and Speedco service locations to handle a wide array of work covered by a Navistar-issued new-product warranty, as well as the company's extended warranties and used truck warranties. All applicable Love's and Speedco service locations will be authorized to perform warranty work with service repair times of three hours or less for all International Class 6-8 trucks. Source:

Blizzard Swamps Denver Towmen

Tow companies were in high demand Wednesday in the Denver, Colorado, area. "Winch outs, tows; we're slammed," said Jeremy Byslma, a supervisor and driver for AAA. Byslma had to tow cars in winds above 50 mph. While out, Byslma got word his co-workers responding to calls in Commerce City had a scary moment when a driver slammed into a police car that in turn hit a tow truck. Everyone involved in that incident was OK. Source:
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Blizzard Swamps Denver Towmen
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Bill Calls for Safer Work Zones

A bill sponsored by Washington State Rep. Bill Jenkin was unanimously approved by the state's House of Representatives March 12. The bill, 1469, seeks to modify the current provisions relating to how drivers approach emergency and work zone vehicles.

"People working on our roadways are continually placed in harm's way. Often, they are forced to jump out of the way of vehicles driving too fast around them," said Jenkin. "Firefighters, law enforcement officers and tow truck drivers have been killed working on the side of our roadways. My bill is a common-sense solution intended to save lives."

The bill would require drivers passing an emergency or work zone vehicle to reduce speed, change lanes and move away from the vehicle.

"This bill was initially brought to my attention by some of my local tow truck drivers. They wanted to know if there was anything that could be done to get drivers to slow down when approaching them on our roadways, similar to what drivers are supposed to do for first responders," Jenkin said.

"We all know the importance of slowing down when we approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, or drive through a construction work zone," he said. "Tow truck drivers deserve the same standard. My bill is about safety, bringing awareness to an increasing problem and saving lives."


Marketing Steps Up

Marketing to the towing industry has really stepped up. Better graphics, clear and precise information and most of all well-developed product by suppliers is truly advancing the industry.

I have the privilege of looking at many of the websites of suppliers in gathering information and doing research for the preparation of both Tow Industry Week and American Towman. It's very rare that I have to call contacts in the industry for an explanation as to the products that they are promoting. The marketing has become so much more sophisticated and professional over time.

When I came back to the industry five years ago, I was truly floored by the gains the industry had made since my last exposure to it nearly 20 years prior. This is well-reflected in the suppliers' product and service marketing. May its messaging—and product—continue to move forward.

--Charles Duke
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Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti

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