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  1. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -With travelers ready to hit the road for the 4th of July weekend, owners of Anytime Towing & Recovery want drivers to be mindful of the Move Over Law. The owners of the towing company, Amy and Andy Parker shared video with WVLT News of cars driving past their tow truck while responding to a disabled vehicle along I-40. In the video, you can see Amy’s husband Andy left with little to no room to safely move around. TDOT says the Move Over Law requires drivers to change lanes, or to slow down as a courtesy to first responders, tow trucks and disabled vehicles. When it comes to carrying out each tow job, Andy Parker fears for his life and safety. Aside from the holiday weekend, Amy Parker wants drivers to remember the law and be mindful of the lives helping out on the side of the road. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/knoxville-towing-company-reminding-drivers-of-e2-80-98move-over-law/ar-BB16jtEe
  2. Ninos Barcham plans to buy new Ford Mustang with winnings from playing Encore in the April 25 draw A Bradford tow truck operator has won $100,000 by matching the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in the exact order in the April 25 LOTTARIO draw. Ninos Barcham also won $4 on his LOTTARIO selection, bringing his total winnings to $100,004. "I thought I won $100 at first," Barcham said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. "I don't know what was going on in that moment." Barcham, 39, called his sister on FaceTime when he realized he had won. "I told her, when mom wakes up, tell her I won $100,000. In the background I saw my mom’s eyes pop open," he said. Barcham said his business has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an incredible blessing for me and my family," he said. Barcham will use his winnings to buy a new Mustang. He will also share his winnings with his family. "It allows us to enjoy the time we have together without worrying about financials," he said. The OLG Prize Centre in Toronto has resumed in-person prize claims for winning ticket holders of $50,000 or more by appointment only. To best protect customers and staff, OLG has put in place appropriate health and safety protocols in accordance with guidelines from public health officials. ENCORE offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day. https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/10057856-bradford-tow-truck-operator-wins-100-000-lottario-prize/
  3. OK, today we were asked to remove TowTruckJess from the list. I will not get into any of the details at this time as to why this person requested she be removed. We are going to research the allegations and will determine if the nomination will be honored or removed. If anyone here has information that may add in our final decision please inbox me. Thanks Also, we're continuing the search for more Tow Truck TikTokers so reply with your nomination soon.
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  5. Tow411 Topic Created by Orcas Tow in June of 2006: I am going through a poor period of impounding, seems like lately I am only getting called by the PD for wrecked junkers that are not being claimed, most others have AAA which we are not part of. I am having to eat the tow/disposal, looking for ammo before I walk away from PD impounds all together, what percentage of your PD impounds are unclaimed/unpaid, thanks.Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island timjohn said: I would venture to say that 30-40% of the impounds we do go unclaimed. It is one of the reasons we do not do a lot of police towing. Getting rid of junkers is a real problem and too much paper work to get a clean title. We will go through a stretch where we have 3 or 4 cars in a row go unclaimed, then get 5-6 get paid for. They say you have to take the good with the bad I guess....but yet moan when they have to pay a bill. Orcas Tow said: Wow 30 40%! I'm sniveling about 20%, guess I dont have it as bad as I thought, personally I would have quit PD tows a long time ago if I had that many unpaid tow/disposal's, are you recouping any $ on these at all? Here it costs me $170 per car to have a scrap processor dispose of each car, ouch, not including the 2am recovery , paperwork, 30 day processing time & Wa state saying that I cannot stop the registered owner from retreiving their personal belongings from the vehicle.Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island timjohn said: I am only talking impounds not accidents. I am not sure if you included the two. The other thing that is odd about our town is it's location and set up. There is one main road that is nicknamed the guantlet. A lot of people who work in the area but live down in Milwaukee, will cut through our town to get to work. Unfortunately, they drive P.O.S.'s that have no license or registration. We haul them in and sit on them. The next day the owner of the car buys a different car from his uncle. Thus sticking his POS with us. It costs me about $20 bucks for the paperwork to get a title. Then we haul them to the crusher for money. Sometimes if we have a decent car, we can get 150-200 bucks, otherwise it is 50-100 bucks per car. All that work is not really worth the effort in my opinion. But until legislation is written to deal with the problem, we have to deal with it. wreckerman05 said: you have to pay to get rid of the old cars in your area-right now they are worth more in nc than they ever have been-depends on the quanity of your load they are paying $5.50 to $7.00 per hundred at the crusher-i had a guy haul 2 for me last satuarday(this was whole units,fuel tanks,tires) paid me $450.00 for a 78 ford van + 84 toyota--i paid him his labor--usually when i haul to statesville,nc they have to be clean(fuel tanks-batteries,tires,no extra trash)-the 2 hauled saturday were full of junk,all tires +tanks-- Orcas Tow said: Yes I have to pay, I am on an island & the nearest legit scrap yard is a ferry ride, 7.5 hrs round trip & $180 worth of ferry ticket for a 40' or longer vehicle, they usually bring a 4 car hauler when they come, definatly not worth the trip for 1 car unless the trunk is full of $100's.Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island dmurph879 said: After you obtain title and determine the info for the last owner can you refer the total amount to a collection agency? My last boss did that and got 50% of everything they collected which over time was about 60% of the referals. He put all charges on the bill, including the disposal cost if any. That works out to about 30% of your total loss, not great but better than nothing for just forwarding the bills to the collection agency. Orcas Tow said: Don, here in my county we foreward our bill onto the court which issues a $495 littering ticket & our bill to the DMV, they hold the renewal on the last RO's license until its all paid, the court also hires a collection agency to hound the last RO & issues a warrant, problem with that is most of the junkers we get stuck with are from drivers with suspended licenses already driving a $hitbox without a license so what do they care. I collect on about 15% of these that are submitted to the court.Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island oklatom said: Overall right at 5%. Most of the wrecks are claimed, most of the PPI are claimed. I'd say right at 100% for the impounds. It's the abandoned ones that drive up the numbers. Almost never claimed. Ed Narker said: I would say ours is around 30%,not something we like to see but you got to take the bad with the good,,I just raise my rates on the picked up ones to help cover the loss of the other 30%,,, Orcas Tow said: Wow, thanks for all the replies' I didn't realize so many of us are working for free at times, I was hoping to see more of you in the 5% range so I could go to the county here with some ammo for getting them to kick in some $ towards the abandond's, guess I'll have to figure out another way. I am not going to take $ out of my pocket anymore for the pleasure of doing business with the local PD especially when they wont impound for DUI or DWLS anymore which is where I stand to make some of the $ back.Hello from sunny (when its not raining) Orcas Island talmon said: i am getting stuck with almost 50% of the impounded cars i tow for the local police,the state police is great almost all of them are picked up. the largest towing company in my town is owned by a county commisioner,who had to put ownership in his wifes name.he is the head of the budget committee,the 911 board. just a slight conflict of interest.his junk calls are better than most of my better ones. I B X said: Less than 1% total (.8% to be exact) I must be lucky. unknown mamber said: 15% of crashes, 15-30% of impounds depending on the month. After 90 days the state comes by, holds an auction (which no-one attends) and leaves you with a title so you can scrap/sell it, but they only do that for state impounded vehicles. Greg said: Total is 15.2% Lamb Towing said: I just logged in to our Tracker Management and ran an Exception Report on Police Impounds. Out of the last 150 police tows, 37 have not been claimed. So that averages roughly 25%. I tried to start a salvage yard, but I don't have the time or patience to deal with people on that level. But after we do all the required paperwork, we remove radiators, aluminum wheels, catalytic converters, and aluminum intakes. We then take what's left of the vehicle, stack them up in the back until we get 150 or so, and then call in a crusher a few times a year. The crusher has their own loaders and labor, and I don't have a second tow involved in hauling them to a scrap yard. Then when the core guys show up, I get extra money from the converters, aluminum, and brass. After we load the vehicles down with scrap from our body shop, we can usually figure on getting about $200 a piece out of them by crushing them. concordtowing said: I just finished going through my log for the first 6 months of 2007 I am at 25% .Our local pd is the biggest source of junkers but you have to take what they call you for If you don't accept 75% of the calls for the month they call you for then you get suspended from the rotation list. The first offense is 45 days and it goes up from there.So you either pick up every call possible for them or your off the list.Just part of the business that sucks at times. bigtow00 said: We run about 35% on average ratio of vehicle pickup/abandoneds. Here lately it has been 45% for the past month or so. It is getting worse I believe with fuel getting higher. bigberthastowing said: At least 25% go to scrap or sold at auction. Carco21 said: All tows included last year 21%, year befor 25.9%, 2 years ago 24%, 3 years ago 19.6%. Have a friend 30 miles west 60% unclaimed! They may quit the impounding and police towing, hard to cost shift that many non paying jobs!
  6. First Time I Had The Cops Called On Me
  8. Tow trucks are a no-go zone for Ontario’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers, the Toronto Sun has learned. The directive, issued in February to MTO transportation enforcement officers (TEOs) in Toronto and Hamilton and later expanded province-wide, forbids officers from pulling over or performing audits on operators ‘until further notice’ — due to ‘instability and violence’ in the towing industry. For several years, a turf war between rival factions of the GTA towing industry have fought a bloody battle for control of the region and its lucrative trade in fraudulent crashes, repairs and insurance claims. Last month, York Regional Police announced numerous arrests in Project Platinum, a multi-agency operation meant to take down key players in the deadly conflict. When the Sun contacted Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney’s office about the directive ordering Ontario TEOs to stand down on tow truck enforcement, spokesperson Christina Salituro denied its existence. “At no point has MTO instructed enforcement officers to halt all enforcement of tow trucks,” she wrote in an email to the Sun. Enforcement officers across the province verified the directive, and a copy — signed by directors Chris Levin and Ian Freeman — was viewed by the Sun. Speaking to the Sun under condition of anonymity, TEOs say they’re hamstrung by dangerously inconsistent policy made by civil service managers unaccustomed with law enforcement. “We have policy that binds our hands so much,” said one officer. “The public has no idea.” The only interactions permitted under the directive must be prearranged and conducted in the presence of a police officer. “Our directive is zero tow truck enforcement. Leave it alone, leave it up to the police,” said another officer. “Tow trucks are commercial vehicles. It’s totally our territory, and they’re saying ‘Let’s put our heads in the sand and hope the police will look after it, and that absolves us of any potential unfavourable interactions.,” the officer added. While Ontario’s TEOs are sworn peace officers, they aren’t armed. They are equipped only with body armour and a baton. “Basically anything you’d find on a security guard,” chuckled one officer. Officers say they’ve encountered tow truck drivers wearing visible weapons, which in some cases can be an arrestable offence, but weren’t permitted to take them into custody. “If no police officer is available to conduct the arrest, the driver simply walks away with no (punishment),” an officer said. Another recalls observing a loaded tow truck travelling on a 400-series highway with a critical safety defect, but rather than pulling it over, they were forced to allow it to continue. Current policy didn’t permit a traffic stop to remedy the issue. “Putting officers in this situation creates an enormous liability exposure for the enforcement program, the Ministry and ultimately the Province,” the officer said. The over-protective and out-of-touch policy is a disaster waiting to happen, the officers agree. During a recent traffic stop of a loaded tractor-trailer, one officer recalled seeing an open alcohol container inside the cab. While this situation would’ve instantly led to charges if encountered by the police, existing policies forced the MTO officer to disregard it. “I’ve had loaded semi trucks, with open alcohol on the seat, and drugs, that I’ve had to let go, because I’m not allowed to enforce it and there’s no police officers around to assist me,” the officer said. While TEOs have the legal power to arrest drunk drivers, another officer says they’ve been ordered not to, despite regularly encountering drunk drivers while on patrol. “Ministry policy is to just follow and let the OPP know what’s going on,” an officer said. “Why not use our lights to stop them and wait for the OPP?” This policy has officers afraid to report certain encounters to management. “We’ve all have had aggressive encounters with drivers that didn’t need to happen,” another officer said. “There’s a lot of officers that have had really bad stuff happen that they’ve never reported for fear of reprisals from management.” Coming across unsafe situations is all part of the job, they agree. “We’re sworn to protect the public, we just can’t say ‘Well, I’ll just have another sip of coffee and let that go,’” said an officer. “That’s not why we do the job.” Tow trucks aren’t the only risk While the MTO cites personal risk as justification for suspending enforcement of tow trucks, officers say criminal elements involved in commercial trucking pose far greater dangers. Cargo theft has reached epidemic levels in Canada, costing the Canadian economy $5 billion annually, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “The Greater Toronto Area has the highest rate of cargo theft in all of North America,” one officer told the Sun. “And that’s all perpetrated by organized crime.” Earlier this year, the driver of a stolen tractor-trailer full of meat died after colliding with two vehicles at a Mississauga intersection before sliding into a gas station. As well, much of Canada’s illicit drug and gun trade is transported by commercial vehicles, one officer said. Five-ton straight trucks are commonly found transporting illicit drugs like cannabis, escorted by armed men driving blocker cars Smokey and the Bandit style. “You have armed drivers escorting cannabis right through the downtown core now,” the officer said. “We’ll stop a driver — he’ll have a gun and we won’t.” Ontario doesn’t arm their TEOs, a concern for those on the frontlines. “Commercial vehicle enforcement around the country are stepping up and recognizing the risk,” said one officer. “You never need it until you need it,” said another. The coronavirus pandemic prompted management to set aside inspection quotas, so officers say they spend their days ‘flying the flag’ — maintaining visibility while essentially doing nothing. “You’re going to start seeing a lot of accidents,” one officer said. “We already are.” Take commercial vehicle enforcement away from MTO, say officers “We always call ourselves the ‘bastard child of MTO.’” As Ontario’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers vent their frustration over what they allege are dangerous levels of bureaucracy preventing them from doing their jobs, some are asking if the time has come to move the service out of the Transport Ministry and under the purview of the Solicitor General. “The world is changing,” one officer told the Sun. “We’re not just weighing trucks and measuring brakes anymore.” With only 158 officers across Ontario — nearly half of their full complement — their ability to not only handle the increase in commercial vehicle traffic is cut, so is their ability to back each other up on risky stops. “Commercial traffic has increased over 10% in the last six or seven years, and yet our officer numbers are less than half of what they were in 2014,” said one officer. So, what needs to change? “Enforcement needs to be taken away from the MTO,” said another officer. “The MTO should focus on infrastructure, permits, licensing — 98% of what the MTO is. Were just some teeny-tiny chunk over in the corner. “I don’t believe they’re an enforcement-minded organization.” One officer sees the service continuing as an arm of the OPP, similar to what Alberta did earlier this year by transferring — and arming — their enforcement officers under the Alberta Sheriffs and the province’s Solicitor General. “Then we could start running the program like a law enforcement agency,” said the officer. “Our management has no clue how to do that, a lot of them have never been officers.” “When you don’t understand what it’s like to be a cop, that effects your decisions,” the officer said. Salituro, spokesperson for Ontario’s transport minister, said a review of the commercial vehicle program is underway — encompassing industry research, recommendations from the 2019 Auditor General’s report on commercial enforcement, and risk assessments. “The goal of the review is to determine the most effective commercial vehicle safety and enforcement operations that builds on Ontario’s leading truck and road safety record and supports the industry in achieving regulatory compliance,” she said. https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/mto-says-hands-off-tow-trucks-claim-enforcement-officers
  9. 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Gets Stuck On Muddy Shoulder, Tow Truck Saves It https://www.carscoops.com/2020/06/2022-jeep-grand-wagoneer-gets-stuck-on-muddy-shoulder-tow-truck-saves-it/
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