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  4. I signed up with Allstate when the Auto Clubs first started. Seems to me like it has been more than 12 years now. My problem with all of the Auto Clubs is that they are still wanting me to work for the same price that we started with ! No Can Do ! The price of everything has gone straight out of site, so we Can NOT work for a 12 year old price period !
  5. The High Road: PTAO president discusses GTA towing coverage and a path forward Toronto, Ontario — The president of the Provincial Towing Association of Ontario has expressed concern about the recent coverage of the arrests of members of the GTA towing community in an interdepartmental operation, Project Platinum. Following the publication of a CBC story, Canadian Towing Professional spoke with PTAO’s president, Mark Graves and PTAO’s Fair Towing Ontario Task Force co-ordinator John Henderson. The article quoted Henderson as saying: “It’s gotten to the point where there could be as much as 60 percent of the towing industry in the GTA [that] is run by the criminal element.” Graves expressed concerns about how the quote was used. “I wish there had been more of an emphasis on the ‘as high as’ part of the quote,” said Graves. Graves cautions readers that the figure stated is not representative of the entire industry in Ontario. It more represents localized areas in large urban centers. He also feels statements such as these should not have been used in isolation. “If you have one legitimate business with a 100-truck fleet, and 100 single-truck operators that are not following the rules, you could report the statistics in any number of ways,” says Graves Henderson goes further and says that putting any hard numbers on how widespread criminal behaviour within the GTA towing sector would require an accurate assessment of how many companies and drivers actually exist. Currently, there is no system in place to quantify the towing industry. This makes it impossible to know the percentage of good and bad operators within the industry. “According to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, any vehicle that is capable of towing another vehicle qualifies as a tow truck,” says Henderson. “In our presentations to government figures, we have made changing the definition of tow trucks in the Highway Traffic Act as one of our top priorities,” says Graves. “We put together a significant presentation on what a tow truck is and is not.” Graves says Henderson isn’t the only member of the towing community to see his words get printed without proper context—in fact, he says he has had something similar happen to him on several occasions. “I’ve had 20-minute interviews cut-down into 15-second sound bites. [Interviewers] clip a few words, and, all of a sudden, they’ve completely changed the context of the statement.” Systemic media bias against the towing community Graves feels that members of the press are prone to highlighting the wrong-doings of towing industry professionals while giving a pass to other members of other industries involved in the same crimes. According to Graves, reports of wrongdoing in the broader automotive aftermarket tend to be harder on members of the towing sector than other industries facing related allegations. Graves says this persistent bias can be seen in the CBC article. The piece opens with the line: “Several organized crime groups working in the towing industry have been using violence and property damage as a way to grab control and territory within southern Ontario, York Regional Police said Tuesday, while announcing multiple arrests.” It is not until its ninth paragraph that the article makes mention of other industries police say are colluding with criminals in the towing sector—specifically physiotherapists, auto repair businesses, and rental companies. According to Graves, the Police’s statements seem to imply that towing professionals are the originators of this type of criminal collusion. He adds that PTAO has never seen any evidence that proves this to be the case. While the specific piece, which focuses on the actual arrest of towing business figures across the greater GTA following the recovery of firearms and narcotics at GTA towing facility locations, may have a valid reason for side-lining the specific allegations against members of other industries, Graves point can be made of a number of recent stories about the towing community. One particularly glaring example comes from a March press release from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Spot these five common insurance fraud scams. While towing businesses are involved in just one of the fraudulent activities listed by the think-tank, “Inflated Tow, Store & Dent,” it happens to be the one listed first. Though this broad category also includes malfeasance by auto repairers, it is the towing sector that gets top billing in its description. “Dishonest towing companies and auto repair shops intentionally overbill insurers, driving up insurance premium costs.” According to Graves, reporters have been particularly unfair to the towing community since reports of the turf war began to appear in papers around the world—turning innocent towing professionals into pariahs in the public’s mind. “They can point the finger at any industry they want – but it is the collusion that is the problem,” says Graves. “The fact is, it is not just the tow trucks. The towing companies are being led by, or working with other groups.” Graves hopes that members of the press, who he says are more sensitive to not casting unfair blame on all physiotherapists and collision repair facilities due to the actions of bad actors, can remember that: likewise, not all towing companies are to blame.” Industry-to-Province collaborations moving in the right direction While the towing sector may be struggling to get a fair shake from the press, according to both Graves and Henderson, officials in government and law enforcement are more interested in working with industry figures to help combat criminal activities in the towing sector. PTAO—through its Fair Towing Ontario Task Force—has made significant strides in the design of a Provincial licensing model that would hold companies and drivers within the towing industry responsible for their actions. Made up of a group of towing industry stakeholders, representatives of the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and others committed to providing safe and efficient services to the motoring public, the task force works to raise awareness about the current situation. “The task force has set-up a website–fairtowing.ca–which includes a presentation we delivered to the government,” says Henderson. “It included videos of specific incidents that depict the types of issues that need to be resolved. One of the videos Henderson says is particularly telling and shows a black pick-up truck acting as a blocker truck, allowing a single towing vehicle to make its way to the scene of an accident—a clear example of the type of dangerous acts that occur due to the current lack of industry regulations. PTAO, along with the Task Force, is also working on a Provincial licensing model that Graves and Henderson believe will be a framework for a safer towing sector. “We have provided the province with the basics of a Provincial licensing model that could significantly reduce the criminal aspects that are currently a part of towing in specific regions,” says Graves. “Sure, it won’t eliminate everything, but it is something that can be built-on, not just a rubber-band solution.” The issue, however, may get worse before it gets better. “One of the messages that PTAO has been pushing in recent months is that—thanks to the COVID-19 situation—a lot of companies are struggling to survive. When the economy reopens, the current situation may be exacerbated in localized areas,” Graves cautions. “Criminals—in any sector—are just following the money.” RESOURCE LINK
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  7. This data was obtained from NASCAR.com This race is postponed until Thursday, May 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm- on FS1- due to another rainout! 1 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports 2 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports 3 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports 4 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing 5 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports 6 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing 7 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing 8 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske 9 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing 12 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing 13 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing 14 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 15 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing 16 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing 17 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske 19 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports 20 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske 21 Reed Sorenson* 77 Spire Motorsports 22 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing 23 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing 24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing 25 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing 26 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing 27 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing 28 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing 29 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing 30 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports 31 JJ Yeley* 27 Rick Ware Racing 32 B.J. McLeod 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports 33 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing 34 Timmy Hill 66 MBM Motorsports 35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing 36 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing 37 Josh Bilicki* 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing 38 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports 39 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing 40 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
  8. Hello Ron: Ready to get back out there. I am missing my towers.
  9. Unfortunatley, If his home situation is that bad that it affects his work and you have already sat down with him and spoke about it, then I would have to say it is time to part ways. As you are aware, our occupation is dangerous enough and if his head is in the clouds over serious personal issues, then it is not a matter of IF a mistake will be made, it is WHEN. And that mistake could cost someone their life. Not to mention money, equipment and business reputation. I personally know all about family issues and the toll it can take on you at work if you let it. ( my wife is physically disabled and in and out of the hospital constantly). I would be lying if I was to say It doesnt get to me while working but when it does I know it is time to take some time off and let my partner run the show. I know it can feel like a shitty thing to do to an employee who is having issues at home, but you as an owner MUST put your business first.
  10. It could be a Driver, a Dispatcher, A Mechanic etc. How long do you attempt to work on them in hopes of turning them around? At what point has it been too long and is there a dollar on productivity, damages or both that make the decision to send them on their way progress. Is it always dealt with in the same manner and do you consider that manner to be professional or just "You're Fired". Sometimes, we have found that it's just the drama and mental stress. The employee is actually a very good in all other regards. They just can't seem to leave the drama at home and even that they can't control. We have that, gave this guy a chance and the drama at home is effecting others at the shop. He's out on his own and the work is great. I fear the home issue is going to escalate as we have had to work with him. Again, when is enough, enough?
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  16. Mainly, just a real good cleaning and some light mechanical work to get her running again. I know the original owner had passed away a few years back and his son ( my customer ) has decided to get his dad's old car going again. I am told it was driven to the storage unit back when it was first put in there.
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