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FMCSA Denies TRAA’s ELD Exemption Petition 

Jul 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Spotlight

The following is a press release from the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.

 After seven months, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) petition for an exemption from electronic logging device requirements for the towing industry. Their decision is based on the premise that the exemption “would not achieve the equivalent level of safety that would be achieved by the use of ELDs.”

TRAA greatly appreciates the efforts of those instrumental in writing and supporting the ELD exemption petition. While we did not achieve our desired goal, our voice was heard.

The TRAA Cabinet and the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network ® (TRAA LAN ®) feel strongly that FMCSA’s decision is misguided and that they do not understand the uniqueness of the towing industry. FMCSA continues to view towing as equivalent to the trucking industry. For years, our industry has been plagued with ill-fitting regulations that have negatively impacted us. It is imperative that we lobby legislation to reclassify the towing industry as first or primary responders, therefore, removing ourselves from under the trucking class. A reclassification would provide relief from unrealistic regulations, protections as emergency responders, and professionalize the towing industry once and for all.

TRAA and the TRAA LAN ® will continue to work diligently on behalf of the towing industry towards this effort. Now is the time for every towing company in the United States to join TRAA and make our one national voice loud, strong, and unrelenting.

If you are interested in joining TRAA visit or contact the TRAA Office at