National Association Addresses Predatory Towing Bill

    TRAA Monitors BillThe source of the following information is a recent press release from the Towing and Recovery Association of America:

    Is Federal/State Regulation in Your Future?

    Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) President Jeff Roskopf along with the Legislative Committee chaired by Joanne Blyton are keeping a watchful eye on H.R. 2563.

    H.R. 2563 was introduced in the 114th U.S. Congress on May 21, 2015, by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) Maryland and co-sponsored by Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., (D) Virginia. H.R. 2563 was initially proposed as the State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act but it quickly turned into the “regulation of tow truck operations.” In brief, H.R. 2563 would amend Title 49, United States Code, to allow states to regulate tow truck operations. (more…)

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    Clean and Simple

    Clean and SimpleThis is our daily on-call truck. Nothing fancy, but clean and simple. She is 2014 Freightliner M2-EC, Cummins engine, air brakes and air ride suspension.

    The truck is equipped with an LCG Century RA, side winch and a Chevron Autogrip 2 with fully wireless remote control. It has a drop visor, full LEDs all around (and behind the headboard) and full-size storage boxes with trays on both size.

    She’s not 100 percent loaded, but she does the job and she does it well with respect from our customers.

    Kim Nguyen Jr.

    Kim’s Towing Service

    Burnsville Minn.

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    BlueWe enjoy reading all the articles in your magazine each month. It is very informative and entertaining. We especially enjoy “A Tow Dog’s Life.”

    Blue is a two-year-old miniature Blue Heeler. He is head of our public relations and security division at Greenland Auto Salvage & Wrecker. Blue loves to ride in the wreckers and is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Sometimes we think he prefers to go on a call rather than eat since he will pass up a treat when he hears a wrecker start up.

    He especially likes off-road recovery calls for the possibility of an occasional swim or playing chase with squirrels.

    When he’s not on a call he hangs out in the office to greet customers, practice bringing in winch straps and brush-up on his squirrel-chasing techniques by chasing tennis balls.

    Greenland Auto Salvage, Inc. & Wrecker

    Greenland, Ark.

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Industry News

Isuzu Delivers 5000,000th Isuzu-built Truck in North America

Isuzu 500,000thIsuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. announced on May 14 that it has delivered the 500,000 Isuzu-built truck since the Isuzu brand entered the North American market in 1984.

The N-Series truck was sold to Farmers Home Furniture in Dublin, Ga. The unit marked the 235th Isuzu truck the home-furnishings retailer has purchased.

“We are very proud that a half a million Isuzu-built trucks have been sold over the last 31 years,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

Farmers Home Furniture is one of the largest and fastest-growing furniture retailers in the U.S., with 187 stores throughout the Southeast.

Isuzu diesel-powered trucks range from the 12,000-lb. GVWR NPR ECO-MAX to the 19,500-lb. GVWR NRR. Isuzu is also the only brand to offer a gasoline-powered low-cab-forward truck in North America. The NPR-Gas is assembled in Charlotte, Mich. An optional version of the gasoline engine is capable of being converted to run on compressed natural gas or propane. Additionally, Isuzu is the only manufacturer to offer, CNG/LPG-capable low-cab-forward trucks in North America.

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