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  1. In honor of Mother's Day, we are giving away Safety4her Inc. gear to a couple of women in the towing and roadside industry! Do you have someone that you think would rock this gear with pride? Enter them to win. All you have to do is: > Post a picture on HONK's Facebook page or Instagram (@honk4help) of a woman you appreciate and use one of the following hashtags: #Safety4her #honk #Womenintowing We will announce the winners this Mother's Day!
  2. https://www.kxlf.com/news/montana-and-regional-news/officials-warn-of-tow-truck-scam-in-montana Montanans are being warned about a scam where call centers are posing as local tow truck companies. The Montana Highway Patrol recently learned of these suspected scam activities in Billings and Missoula. The scam works like this: Consumers using search engine terms such as “tow truck companies near me” find results that include sham businesses. In the Billings area, listings for “F & V Towing,” “Woods & Sons,” and “Fonnie’s Wrecker Service” appear, along with fake positive consumer reviews and photos that appear to be local brick and mortar locations for the companies. However, when people call the companies for service, they are connected to an out-of-state call center whose representatives demand the caller’s credit card information. Additionally, upon closer inspection of the business profiles, photos of empty buildings available for lease are used to create the impression of a local presence. Fake tow company websites will tend to look generic, with stock photos and few specifics about the business. These sites are put up in a hurry, so text on their website may have spelling or punctuation errors. Their goal is to get you to call right away so they can get your payment information so everything will direct you to a contact. “There are a few good ways Montanans can protect themselves from falling victim to this scam before they’re stranded on the side of the road, waiting for help,” Attorney General Tim Fox said in a news release. “First and foremost, never give out your credit card or other payment information until the time of service. Legitimate tow truck companies don’t charge until the tow is completed. Additionally, tow truck businesses doing business in our state must be inspected annually by the Montana Highway Patrol. They should have Letters of Appointment from the Highway Patrol and an inspection sticker in the tow truck’s window.” Fox added that consumers with questions about how to verify legitimate tow truck companies can call their regional MHP office , or the state Office of Consumer Protection at 800-481-6896 or 406-444-4500.
  3. Randall, This piece is exceptional and I hope every member on this board takes the time to read it. The only point I think you may have missed is what happens if we don't police our industry from within. If we don't take the time to start setting rules and regulations and agreeing as a community to adhere to such, we end up with government legislation instead. Do you know why municipalities set rate caps on the towing industry? Because bad actors take advantage of people and overcharge when they have control of the situation. Those bas actors are what the public sees on the news, social media, etc. We need to come to the table together as an industry and start deciding what is right and what is wrong, before the government decides to do it for us.
  4. Question for WA folks, have you ever had a problem with state patrol when it comes to documenting accident scenes with photos or videos? I know many companies are now using drones and various other methods of documenting recoveries in order to clarify charges for insurance companies and trucking companies, but I've been told by some of my Washington providers that state patrol tells them they can't document the scene. Anybody have thoughts on this?
  5. Awesome stuff. Just moved to LA last year. Pretty cool to see the vintage iron at work!
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