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Bill Would Exempt Small Carriers from ELD

A bill to allow very small carriers—those with 10 or fewer trucks—to forgo use of electronic logging devices and return to using paper logs has been filed in the U.S. House. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) introduced the legislation, H.R. 1697, this month into the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, dubbed the Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act, would exempt all carriers with 10 trucks or fewer from the ELD mandate, meaning they could revert back to using paper logs to record duty status. Source:
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Towman Saves Woman from Attacker

John Sabalauskas, a towman with CCC Towing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rescued a woman who was being attacked by a male suspect attempting to take her pocketbook last Thursday. He was driving down Market Street when he heard her desperate cries. Sabalauskas said he saw the woman on her back, fighting off a man who was on top of her. Sabalauskas threw his truck in park, jumped out of the truck and ran over. The attacker grabbed her laptop and ran. "So I gave chase." He also yelled to another bystander. As the attacker started to run by that person, the bystander reached out and grabbed him by the shoulder. "As them two fell," Sabalauskas said, "I was already on top of both of them, holding this guy down." Source:

New Test Facility for Allison

Allison Transmission is investing in a new vehicle testing facility that will include two environmental chambers capable of simulating temperature extremes, altitude and on-road conditions. It will be located at Allison's headquarters in Indianapolis. It will allow testing for regulatory compliance, on-board diagnostic development and performance improvements for vehicle functional optimization. The facility will further support testing for a wide-range of propulsion systems, including electric-hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Source:
Towman Saves Woman from Attacker
Philadelphia towman’s actions prevented robbery of her laptop
Bill Would Exempt Small Carriers from ELD
Bill looks to exempt companies with less than 10 or fewer trucks
Allison Building New Test Facility
Facility will allow testing for regulatory compliance and more

Bill Calls for Safer Work Zones

A bill sponsored by Washington State Rep. Bill Jenkin was unanimously approved by the state's House of Representatives March 12. The bill, 1469, seeks to modify the current provisions relating to how drivers approach emergency and work zone vehicles.

"People working on our roadways are continually placed in harm's way. Often, they are forced to jump out of the way of vehicles driving too fast around them," said Jenkin. "Firefighters, law enforcement officers and tow truck drivers have been killed working on the side of our roadways. My bill is a common-sense solution intended to save lives."

The bill would require drivers passing an emergency or work zone vehicle to reduce speed, change lanes and move away from the vehicle.

"This bill was initially brought to my attention by some of my local tow truck drivers. They wanted to know if there was anything that could be done to get drivers to slow down when approaching them on our roadways, similar to what drivers are supposed to do for first responders," Jenkin said.

"We all know the importance of slowing down when we approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, or drive through a construction work zone," he said. "Tow truck drivers deserve the same standard. My bill is about safety, bringing awareness to an increasing problem and saving lives."

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Marketing Steps Up

Marketing to the towing industry has really stepped up. Better graphics, clear and precise information and most of all well-developed product by suppliers is truly advancing the industry.

I have the privilege of looking at many of the websites of suppliers in gathering information and doing research for the preparation of both Tow Industry Week and American Towman. It's very rare that I have to call contacts in the industry for an explanation as to the products that they are promoting. The marketing has become so much more sophisticated and professional over time.

When I came back to the industry five years ago, I was truly floored by the gains the industry had made since my last exposure to it nearly 20 years prior. This is well-reflected in the suppliers' product and service marketing. May its messaging—and product—continue to move forward.

--Charles Duke
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