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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 13 - December 19, 2017

NMTA to Hold Last ELD Meeting

The New Mexico Trucking Association and the Associated Contractors of New Mexico will be hosting an electronic logging device (ELD) meeting tomorrow, Dec. 14 at the Associated Contractors of New Mexico, 6135 Edith Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP Required. Space is limited; interested parties can register at Source:
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Municipal Tow Fees to Increase

Terre Haute's (Indiana) Board of Public Works and Safety approved a $25 increase for cars towed by the city's police, effective Jan. 1. The cost of towing a car being impounded will go to $100 and a car involved in an accident to $125. Storage fees will increase to $20 per day. Towing companies will not be permitted to charge for weekends and holidays when city offices are not open to accept payment of required fees. Contractors will also be required to accept major credit cards for towing charges. A RFP for a two-year contract is being sent to towing companies who may be interested in continuing to provide the service or entering into a new contract. The requests will remain open until the board's Jan. 22 meeting. Source:

Denny’s Offering Free Tows

From Thursday through Jan. 1, Denny's Wrecker Service of Pocatello, Idaho, will offer free towing for people who have had too much to drink and are unsure of their ability to drive safely. Pocatello residents can call 208-237-0671, 24 hours a day, to request a unit to take both them and their vehicle home, no questions asked. Source:
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Dates Set for 2018 AT Expo Shows

It has been a year of increased attendance at all the American Towman expositions over the past six months with new standards being set at the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas and Tow Expo Dallas.

"AT Expo Baltimore saw the three-day show format continue to be popular for exhibitors and attendees, as each day saw a strong turnout of unique buyers," said Henri "Doc" Calitri, AT Expo Corp. president, "Both large vehicle exhibitors and the smaller supplier booths overall reported brisk selling throughout the show."

Calitri released the show dates for 2018 for all three cities: American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas will be May 9-11 (show dates 10-11); Tow Expo Dallas/Fort Worth will be Aug. 16-18 (show dates 17-18); American Towman Exposition in Baltimore will be Nov. 15-18 (show dates 16-18).

Next year's AT Expo Baltimore will mark the 30th edition of the show.

At this year's American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, there were 241 industry suppliers on the exhibit floor offering tow trucks—from light- to heavy-duty—trailers, accessories, call centers, motor clubs and financial services to the tow business owners who dominated the audience. More than eight of 10 attendees were the key decision-makers of their companies.

"This year also saw a large contingent from 19 countries, from all points of the world globe, attend the show," Calitri said. "This has made the American Towman Exposition the largest international show in the world. We are very proud of that achievement.

"The strength and quality of the audience is a direct reflection of the American Towman Magazine readership," he said. "AT's readership database of tow companies and tow business owners is the core of our expo marketing programs."

Source: AT Staff
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• December 13 - December 19, 2017

Now, YOU Slow Down

News item this morning: "The snow that has been falling off and on for the past couple of days might have played a role in a tow truck hitting an aircraft Tuesday morning.

"According to Delta Air Lines, during the push back of Delta flight 2421 from Detroit to Raleigh, N.C. the vehicle lost traction and hit the aircraft.

The tow truck put a hole in the side of the plane."

Forgive me for finding a little humor in what could've been a much more serious accident; all the passengers were safe and re-accommodated on an alternate flight.

However, this allows me to point out the importance of being safe out there on the winter roads. Yes, this is a time where a lot of tow companies make a lot of dough ... but even the money you're hustling to make isn't worth an accident from careless or reckless driving.

We've been pushing the phrase "slow down" all year long. Now it's YOUR turn to do so. Slow down and be careful! Your family wants you around, too.

--Charles Duke
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