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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 21 - June 27, 2017

Bill Would Repeal HD Truck Tax

A Republican congressman from California introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal a 12 percent federal excise tax on heavy trucks originally designed to help pay the cost of fighting World War I. The Heavy Truck, Tractor and Trailer Retail Federal Excise Tax Repeal Act of 2017 now heads to a committee for review. The tax adds $12,000 to $22,000 to the cost of a new heavy-duty truck, depending on the vehicle. The average tax on a truck in the heaviest Class 8 weight segment is just over $18,000. Similar legislation in 2012 was unsuccessful. Source:
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Councilman's Towed After Changing Laws

"Who towed my f-in car?" Those are the words of Englewood, N.J., City Councilman Charles Cobb on the recently released recording of a 911 call he placed to Englewood Police in December. Cobbs' car registration had expired, so it was towed by the company that has a contract with the town. Just a month earlier, Cobb had spearheaded the revision of the town's parking ordinance, targeting tow companies that took too long responding to illegally parked cars. The ordinance mandates that the tower arrives within 20 minutes of being called by police, or the next company on the list is called. A month later, Cobb woke up to find his car gone. On the tape, it sounds as if Cobb thought his car was towed because he angered someone with the ordinance. Source:

DTNA to Open Two New Centers

Daimler Trucks North America has announced the addition of two new parts distribution centers. The addition of the new facilities in Grimes, Iowa, and Whitestown, Ind., will allow DTNA to service its customers more effectively and efficiently, according to the company. The new facilities will hold more than $15 million of inventory and 20,000-plus parts. The facility in Grimes is scheduled to be completed in January and the Whitestown location will be fully operational at the same time. Source:
Councilman's Towed After Changing Laws
Councilman thought his car was towed in retaliation
Bill Would Repeal HD Truck Tax
Federal excise tax adds up to $22,000 to new truck costs
DTNA to Open Two New Centers
Daimler to open new parts distribution centers in Iowa and Indiana

Fox 8 Cleveland Airs Spirit Ride

The WJW-TV newscast of the Spirit Ride through Akron, Ohio, may be a warm-up to how the Ride will be covered in Cleveland at Rich's Towing on June 21. Akron Coach Towing relayed the Spirit casket to Two Kidz Towing in Norton, who then relayed it to Middleburg Heights where Rich's Towing will stage a ceremony followed by a procession through Cleveland led by Lloyd's Towing.

Many officials and emergency service vehicles are expected.

The Spirit Ride then heads to South Amherst for a ceremony and procession June 22. D&A Towing will relay the casket to Wall Street Towing in Ypsilanti who will relay it to Van's Towing in Roseville, Michigan. Van's will lead a procession to Troy in the Detroit Metro area for an event where over 200 trucks are expected.
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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • June 21 - June 27, 2017

The Hard Decisions

Sometimes, you have to make the hard decisions.

An operator who is a great guy, great for shop morale and is beloved by everyone has a few bad habits.

He rarely comes in early to help with early calls, but makes it in "just under the buzzer" so as not to be late. His work is passable and just good enough; but often not complete, as some key details always get missed from follow-up reporting.

At another two-operator company—with the owner being one of them—you've got the perfect driver who knows his craft inside-out. In fact, he's even taught YOU a thing or two about towing. One problem though: He calls out or is late for one "perfect storm" reason or another quite frequently. Because you've gone through about ten other operators in the past two years, you're reluctant to let this guy go. Yet, you're killing yourself and getting frustrated daily.

What do you do?

Well, that answer is up to you and how much you can tolerate given the workload.

However, there are times that you have to make the hard decision. You can't continue to suffer in silence and take the bad with the good. The stress will slowly eat you alive, and will eventually result in bad company performance.

Yes, it's a chess game ... but it's a game that you have to win.
--Charles Duke
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Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
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Wrecks + Recovery Editor: Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
Operations Editor: Randall C. Resch
Tow Business Editor: Don Archer
Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti

Driveline Buddy

DrivelineBuddy 7e8ffTransporting heavy-duty vehicles is serious business, and if you don't take the proper measures you or your drivers can get injured. The Driveline Buddy is designed to safely detach the driveline from the vehicle and transport it wherever it needs to go. The tool offers a suspender and cradle that is easily installed into the frame of the truck being towed to cradle the driveline during transportation to final destination. See the Driveline Buddy on display at Tow Expo Dallas, August 17-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas.
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