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  1. Fort Pierce, Fl Tri-County Automotive & Towing POSSIBILITY OF RELOCATION ASSISTANCE!!! We are a locally owned family operated company in the towing and transportation industry looking for experienced drivers who would like to grow with us, have a great work ethic and eager to learn! We are willing to train and provide Certifications as well as relocation assistance for the right people! We are hiring candidates to join our our team in a few divisions: Towing Division: CDL LICENSED driving a Heavy Duty Wrecker/Rotator. This person will properly tow and recover many different types of vehicles and equipment safely and efficiently. This is a 24-7-365 business so a flexible schedule will be required. NON CDL LICENSED: Flatbed Tow Truck operator - Offering scheduled shift or On Call Positions Transport Division: Landoll / Lowboy / Rollback - We specialize in heavy hauling as well as legal loads. A fair amount of team work required, especially in loading aforementioned trucks. View the full Job at TowCareers.com
  2. Doug Dole, general manager of product strategies at Meritor, shares his insights on current technician training trends in shops today, including a multi-platform approach involving both web-based and in-person learning. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  3. Still waiting – Tow biz owner-couple that plunged into Sacramento River after semi collision is still not recovered. “We have family that came from overseas. Whatever happened, now they have to go back because it’s been two weeks.” Justin’s Towing Services http://ow.ly/iFaR50pxbv7 >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. Still waiting – Tow biz owner-couple that plunged into Sacramento River after semi collision is still not recovered. “We have family that came from overseas. Whatever happened, now they have to go back because it’s been two weeks.” Justin’s Towing Services http://ow.ly/iFaR50pxbv7 >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. I’ve been reading about cannabidiol — CBD — oils being used as a natural alternative to pain medicine. According to an article in Work Truck Magazine, it’s noted that the use of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is “forbidden for a regulated driver, no matter the source.” The article stated: “The cannabis sativa plant comes in two strains, each has the potential to produce CBD oils. Each genetic variation was created for specific purposes.” The hemp strain is used for fiber, clothing, construction, oils and nutritional benefits with a 0.3 percent THC concentration, and the marijuana strain is bred for “production of THC in resinous glands in its flowers and leaves” with a 5-30 percent THC concentration. The THC concentration is dependent upon the manufacturing process and how much oil the individual is using, which is why CBD oils can register at a level that is considered a DOT drug testing violation. To avoid any misunderstandings surrounding the use of CBD oils, a word of caution should be communicated to your drivers. “Their career may be on the line if a drug screen comes back positive.” Some points to cover with your drivers include: Trace amounts of THC may show up in a DOT urine specimen MRO’s or medical review officers, won’t accept CBD oil as a valid medical explanation for a positive DOT drug test Labels don’t tell the whole story, because even if the packaging for CBD claims to be THC-free or below traceable limits, they may contain enough to be detected during a drug screen CBD oils sold in state where marijuana is legal may have been processed from the marijuana plant and might result in a higher concentration of THC Officers are unable to determine the concentration of THC in the oil and if found in a commercial vehicle might be considered possession I think communication and a word of caution should help, and — as the article stated — with the understanding that any “CBD or THC use is potentially a violation waiting to happen.” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. I’ve been reading about cannabidiol — CBD — oils being used as a natural alternative to pain medicine. According to an article in Work Truck Magazine, it’s noted that the use of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is “forbidden for a regulated driver, no matter the source.” The article stated: “The cannabis sativa plant comes in two strains, each has the potential to produce CBD oils. Each genetic variation was created for specific purposes.” The hemp strain is used for fiber, clothing, construction, oils and nutritional benefits with a 0.3 percent THC concentration, and the marijuana strain is bred for “production of THC in resinous glands in its flowers and leaves” with a 5-30 percent THC concentration. The THC concentration is dependent upon the manufacturing process and how much oil the individual is using, which is why CBD oils can register at a level that is considered a DOT drug testing violation. To avoid any misunderstandings surrounding the use of CBD oils, a word of caution should be communicated to your drivers. “Their career may be on the line if a drug screen comes back positive.” Some points to cover with your drivers include: Trace amounts of THC may show up in a DOT urine specimen MRO’s or medical review officers, won’t accept CBD oil as a valid medical explanation for a positive DOT drug test Labels don’t tell the whole story, because even if the packaging for CBD claims to be THC-free or below traceable limits, they may contain enough to be detected during a drug screen CBD oils sold in state where marijuana is legal may have been processed from the marijuana plant and might result in a higher concentration of THC Officers are unable to determine the concentration of THC in the oil and if found in a commercial vehicle might be considered possession I think communication and a word of caution should help, and — as the article stated — with the understanding that any “CBD or THC use is potentially a violation waiting to happen.” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. Landoll Corporation now offers the 800-E series detachable trailer line for optimal versatility. The 800E series brings the NGL features to the detachable line, and includes the new HOSS hydraulic operating system and high visibility lighting. A variety of frame lengths are available with two- or three-axle configurations. With the addition of a flip axle to the base frame the trailer is available in three- or four-axle combinations. The power paver ramp option features an 8.5-degree load angle to load scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts, pavers, rollers and brooms on the lower deck. It also features an operator-friendly design with two-button operation and is equipped with a chain drive motor and battery. For more information visit www.landoll.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, names Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, headquartered in Voorhees, N.J., as its top dealer for the 11th straight year. This award recognizes a Talbert dealer for outstanding performance in trailer sales, service and parts. Hale outperformed all other Talbert dealers in 2018 and was also recognized as the top parts seller for the year. “For over a decade now, Hale has been heavily responsible for the success of Talbert trailers on the East Coast,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “With twelve locations from Maine to Florida, their commitment to customer service and knowledgeable staff reflect Talbert’s core values and we are proud to announce their 11th straight year as our top dealer. Accomplishments like this are a great example of what the right partnerships can achieve.” Hale is a full-service trailer dealership that sells new and used trailers and related equipment. The dealership also rents trailers, sells commercial trailer parts and accessories, and provides general trailer service and repairs. Talbert also named Reno’s Trailer Sales & Rental of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania as the Most Improved Dealer of 2018 and one of the Top 10 dealers overall. “The Luchini family has carried on Reno Luchini’s 60-plus-year legacy of superb service for their customers in the greater Pittsburg area,” Geisler said. “Lance and his sons, Matt and Zach, have the knowledge and experience to evaluate each customer’s needs and communicate them to Talbert to provide the best possible fit. At Talbert, we value this customer-focused approach. Reno’s has done an excellent job this year representing Talbert and they deserve this recognition for all their hard work.” The remaining Top 10 dealers, based on 2018 sales, in alphabetical order: Carrier Centers, Canada. Coogle Truck & Trailer Sales of Otterbein, Indiana. Freightliner of Grand Rapids. Michigan. J & B Pavelka Truck & Trailer Sales, Texas. Leslie Equipment Company, West Virginia. Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Vermont. Remorques Lewis, Canada. Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service Inc., Michigan. Talbert has more than 80 dealers across North America. Visit their dealer locator. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, names Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, headquartered in Voorhees, N.J., as its top dealer for the 11th straight year. This award recognizes a Talbert dealer for outstanding performance in trailer sales, service and parts. Hale outperformed all other Talbert dealers in 2018 and was also recognized as the top parts seller for the year. “For over a decade now, Hale has been heavily responsible for the success of Talbert trailers on the East Coast,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “With twelve locations from Maine to Florida, their commitment to customer service and knowledgeable staff reflect Talbert’s core values and we are proud to announce their 11th straight year as our top dealer. Accomplishments like this are a great example of what the right partnerships can achieve.” Hale is a full-service trailer dealership that sells new and used trailers and related equipment. The dealership also rents trailers, sells commercial trailer parts and accessories, and provides general trailer service and repairs. Talbert also named Reno’s Trailer Sales & Rental of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania as the Most Improved Dealer of 2018 and one of the Top 10 dealers overall. “The Luchini family has carried on Reno Luchini’s 60-plus-year legacy of superb service for their customers in the greater Pittsburg area,” Geisler said. “Lance and his sons, Matt and Zach, have the knowledge and experience to evaluate each customer’s needs and communicate them to Talbert to provide the best possible fit. At Talbert, we value this customer-focused approach. Reno’s has done an excellent job this year representing Talbert and they deserve this recognition for all their hard work.” The remaining Top 10 dealers, based on 2018 sales, in alphabetical order: Carrier Centers, Canada. Coogle Truck & Trailer Sales of Otterbein, Indiana. Freightliner of Grand Rapids. Michigan. J & B Pavelka Truck & Trailer Sales, Texas. Leslie Equipment Company, West Virginia. Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Vermont. Remorques Lewis, Canada. Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service Inc., Michigan. Talbert has more than 80 dealers across North America. Visit their dealer locator. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. Photo Credit: Steve Johnson Recently published stories indicate that crime victims have gained a sympathetic ear with certain regulators at local and state levels regarding payment of towing and storage fees after a stolen vehicle is found. The argument goes that crime victims shouldn’t have to pay such fees. And in Oklahoma, for instance, the Legislature is weighing Senate Bill 256, which would eliminate tow storage charges for such crime victims – with the caveat that towing companies would be able to seek restitution or payment from the district attorney. If there’s one thing that gets tow company owners and operators riled up it’s the thought of nonpayment of services. Comments abound on Tow Times’ Facebook page about this very subject. Read Full Article View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. Photo Credit: Steve Johnson Recently published stories indicate that crime victims have gained a sympathetic ear with certain regulators at local and state levels regarding payment of towing and storage fees after a stolen vehicle is found. The argument goes that crime victims shouldn’t have to pay such fees. And in Oklahoma, for instance, the Legislature is weighing Senate Bill 256, which would eliminate tow storage charges for such crime victims – with the caveat that towing companies would be able to seek restitution or payment from the district attorney. If there’s one thing that gets tow company owners and operators riled up it’s the thought of nonpayment of services. Comments abound on Tow Times’ Facebook page about this very subject. Read Full Article View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. Tow op tribute – For Colin Schaefer, 24, who died on March 29, in Pennsylvania, in a roadside accident. Tribute will be held at 5 p.m. today, Wed., at Ace Robbins, Inc in Tunkhannock, followed by a celebration of life at Triton Hose Company at 6 p.m. “His wrecker was stuck in a field, so he attached a cable to a telephone pole across the street. A vehicle hit the cable, causing it to snap and hit Schaefer.” Vpr Motors >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. Tow op tribute – For Colin Schaefer, 24, who died on March 29, in Pennsylvania, in a roadside accident. Tribute will be held at 5 p.m. today, Wed., at Ace Robbins, Inc in Tunkhannock, followed by a celebration of life at Triton Hose Company at 6 p.m. “His wrecker was stuck in a field, so he attached a cable to a telephone pole across the street. A vehicle hit the cable, causing it to snap and hit Schaefer.” Vpr Motors >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. Photo Credit: Wesley Eland I always enjoy Tow Times magazine articles that feature women involved in the towing and recovery industry. Their March 2019 issue article “Women Make More Inroads into Towing” highlighted three women, or as I refer to them — tow ladies — involved in various aspects of our industry. When it’s said that women are weak, I say it’s all about the “W.” It’s not about how strong women are physically, it’s about the other strengths women have. I really liked the part of the article titled “What Women Say They Do Different,” which highlighted these strengths: Compensate for their small size by using their bodies differently for grabbing and pulling. Gentler with the vehicles. Better at multitasking. More tactful and patient with officials and clients. One of the women started a Facebook page titled Female Tow Operators United. Her goal was to “create community among female towing operators.” I believe it’s in that kind of sharing among each other where women in towing can find the support they need in an industry still growing and accepting female tow operators. It’s the reason I joined the Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) and got involved in the Wisconsin Towing Association. The women in these organizations have “been there, done that” and can relate to what women in our industry go through in the day-to-day challenges and successes. They are encouraging, supportive, sympathetic, willing to share and uplift other women in towing. Yes, in our industry it truly is all about the “W” – the women in towing. One tow lady featured in the Tow Times article said, “I take pride and passion in my work. I’m very serious about my career.” We might not all go out in the tow truck, but we all feel the same way. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. Never grease your dollies again. In The Ditch has announced the release of its all new X-Series Dolly. The XL, X-Series Dollies offer an industry first: eXtended Life Automotive Sealed Hubs that are maintenance free, never needing grease. X-Series Dolly sets come in two sizes – the standard SD and the larger XD. Ergonomic and lightweight, both SD and XD models include bolt-on, easy-to-replace spindles with high-wear bushings. To find your nearest In The Ditchdealer visit www.intheditch.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  16. Tow truck that plunged into Sacramento River is believed to have carried tow op Shalvin Sharma and wife Roselyn Sharma, owners of Justin’s Towing Services. “This is the last known spot for the GPS that was binging is off this bridge. It’s emotional, it’s emotional because they’re really good people.” California Tow Truck Association >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. Tow truck that plunged into Sacramento River is believed to have carried tow op Shalvin Sharma and wife Roselyn Sharma, owners of Justin’s Towing Services. “This is the last known spot for the GPS that was binging is off this bridge. It’s emotional, it’s emotional because they’re really good people.” California Tow Truck Association >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  18. Abe Aon, Wabco’s regional sales leader, discusses the evolution of parts and vehicle technology, particularly as it relates to the different stages of a vehicle’s life cycle. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  19. Abe Aon, Wabco’s regional sales leader, discusses the evolution of parts and vehicle technology, particularly as it relates to the different stages of a vehicle’s life cycle. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  20. Photo Credit: Foto Sushi I’m hoping most towers have heard of SHRP2 (Strategic Highway Research Program), which is a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training program offered by the Federal Highway Administration in partnership with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The program’s goal is to improve traffic incident responder safety and offer a unified team approach to clear roads faster and reduce congestion. It’s a national curriculum to build a team of well-trained responders that work together from the moment the first emergency call is made to final scene clearance. The training brings together police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, state and local transportation agencies, towing and other incident responders. I challenge anyone in the towing and recovery industry to get this training. You’ll have a better understanding of what other responders do to safely and quickly respond to, resolve and safely exit an incident scene. According to the National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program, as of January 2019, the number of those who have been trained in the towing and recovery sector is 34,872, which is only 9 percent of all towers. As an industry, we need to aggressively increase this number. My husband and I sponsored a classroom training session at our shop and I found it to be well worth my time to learn about TIM best practices such as safe vehicle positioning, telecommunications and TIM fundamentals and terminology. There is no cost — this training is free. All that’s needed is four hours of your time to attend a session, or you can take online training and complete the modules on your schedule. For more information about training opportunities in your region contact TIMTraining@dot.gov. Can’t get away for four hours? To register for the free National Highway Institute TIM online training go to the National Highway Institute’s webpage at nhi.fhwa.dot.gov. Main point: Take the time to get trained. Help improve safety to save lives at traffic incidents. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  21. WCTC professional truck driving Jeffrey Kiel talks about the importance of training drivers on how to conduct a comprehensive pre-trip inspection on a commercial vehicle. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  22. WCTC professional truck driving Jeffrey Kiel talks about the importance of training drivers on how to conduct a comprehensive pre-trip inspection on a commercial vehicle. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  23. One often overlooked maintenance item is the lubrication of the control station on your wrecker or rotator. This video demonstrates how to lubricate the control station handle on Century® and Vulcan® Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty Wreckers, as well as Rotators. View the full article on Millerind.com
  24. This video provides a short glimpse into the history of Miller Industries, as well as showcasing the brands and products we produce.
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