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  1. Yes this is a State Law that has been in affect since 2010: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=200920100AB519 "The bill would also provide that a person who violates these provisions is civilly liable to a registered or legal owner of the vehicle, or a registered owner’s insurer, for up to 2 times the amount charged, not to exceed $500 per vehicle." I keep the brochure sold by the California Tow Truck Association in the trucks, and in the office in a card holder on the front desk.
  2. So based on the supplied information we have the following data to make educated assumptions: 63,000 tow truck operators 60 tow truck operator deaths annually https://internationaltowingmuseum.org/survivor-fund/ 95.2 Deaths per 100,000 workers Time.com recently posted the "Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America" http://time.com/5074471/most-dangerous-jobs/ Fatal Injuries Total Deaths per 100,000 workers 1 Logging workers 135.9 91 2 Fishers and related fishing workers 86 24 3 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 55.5 75 4 Roofers 48.6 101 5 Trash and recycling collectors 34.1 31 6 Iron and steel wokers 25.1 16 7 Truck and sales drivers 24.7 918 8 Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 23.1 260 9 First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 18 134 10 Grounds maintenance workers 17.4 217 It appears that we would be included as the second most dangerous job in America. What does that mean for our industry? What does that say about our incentive programs? What are the impacts to our hiring practices? How could this shape our rate structures? Where is our visibility to the general and motoring public? Just with these numbers, the towing industry deserves a statistical, professional census performed to better serve our interests.
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