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Check Out the Tow Business Podcast Season 4

Season 4 Episodes Available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and more Episodes: 1. Top 10 things — good and bad — about the towing industry in 2020 (2/2/20) 2. Towing apps and the future of the towing industry — interview with HONK (2/16/20) 3. Driver tips for a better and more productive day (3/1/20) 4.…

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Peterbilt Honored as Top Workplace for Women by Women In Trucking

Peterbilt Motors Company has been recognized by Women In Trucking as a top workplace for women in the transportation industry. “Peterbilt is committed to championing the development of women leaders and cultivating a diverse workforce. We are honored to receive recognition from Women In Trucking for our efforts,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and…

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TRAA: Addressing Line of Service Deaths

This information is from a Jan. 14, 2020, Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) press release: At two weeks into 2020, the official count of line of service deaths for U.S. towing operators was already at four, with some unofficial counts being higher. Losing a tow operator impacts not only their families but the…

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Move Over Advocate Speaks at AAA Event

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Move Over law advocate Linda Unruh spoke about the importance of first responder safety at the AAA headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Unruh’s son Bobby, 37, died in February 2017 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling 82 miles per hour. Bobby was on the scene to assist another tow operator…

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Jerr-Dan Launches Jerr-Dan University

Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK) and a single brand leader in the towing and recovery business, has introduced Jerr-Dan University, an industry-first product training program. Participants can view live demos of various course offerings, register for online training and create a training dashboard to get started. Courses are presented using visual, interactive and text-driven…

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AAA Launches Campaign to Protect Tow Operators, First Responders

AAA Press Release: AAA is urging drivers to Slow Down and Move Over, to protect the lives of tow operators and first responders. Special events were held on January 23 in Tampa, Fla.,  to spread awareness of the Move Over Law – read more here. The towing industry is 15 times deadlier than all other private industries combined. According…

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Peterbilt and Dana Announce Collaboration on Electric Truck Powertrain Development

Peterbilt Motors Company and Dana have announced their collaboration on electric powertrain development for Peterbilt Model 220EV battery electric vehicles. Peterbilt will integrate Dana’s Spicer® Electrified™ e-propulsion system into its 220EV chassis. The truck will also be equipped with two battery packs and an on-board charger. The 220EV features a range between 100 and 200…

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Vote on Waze Slow Down-Move Over Warning

The towing community has an opportunity to weigh in on an initiative involving the GPS navigation platform Waze to warn motorists to slow down-move over due to emergency responders – police cars, tow trucks, ambulances – up ahead. As of press time, nearly 3,000 votes had been cast, with voters leaving over 160 comments in…

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Fallen Operators in Kentucky and South Dakota Honored

Tow operators in Kentucky and South Dakota gathered to honor fallen operators Larry Kizer and  Dale Jones. Kizer, 62, died New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, in Louisville, Ky. in a towing accident as he prepared to tow an abandoned pickup on I-64. The pickup and the tow truck rolled over him. Tow trucks from across…

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