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Tow Policy Changes

The Anne Arundel (Md.) County Council recently passed legislation that allows towing companies on the department's rotation list to request specialized equipment from another towing company. The change to the police department's towing policy allows such requests as long as the two companies are under the same ownership. It also requires the county to hold a hearing in the event that the department finds a towing company to be in violation of its regulations. Source:
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Towman Killed in Del. Crash

The son of former Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner died in a tow truck crash Friday evening on U.S. 113 just north of Milford, Del. The crash occurred at about 6:39 p.m., as Gary L. Ingram, 55, of Milford, was driving a 2012 Kenworth 999 flatbed tow truck south on Bay Road, said Delaware State Police. The tow truck gradually traveled off the west edge of the roadway where the right side mirror and right corner of the truck struck a steel sign. The truck continued traveling south and struck a group of trees, police said. Ingram was properly restrained at the time of the crash. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The crash remains under investigation. Source:

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Roper Resigning [b]from ITRHFM

Angela Roper, executive director of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is stepping down from the position effective Dec. 8, 2016.

Roper has been at the helm throughout a successful growth period for the museum, including many positive changes for the museum facilities, finances, marketing and created the event rental program for a portion of the building.

Resumes are currently being accepted by ITRHFM for the executive director position and must be submitted via the ad on no later than October 4 to be considered.


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Uniting for a [b]Higher Rate

This week, I'm applauding the efforts of the towing companies in Ocean City, Md., who united and proposed a rate increase for municipal tows in the resort town.

These towmen haven't seen a rate hike in eight years; this in a city that sees high nightly hotel rates and expensive restaurants catering to tourists. Granted, its tourism peaks are seasonal—but the towing companies deserve their due as costs for running a business have risen exponentially since the last rate change.

Currently, the maximum rate for a standard tow in Ocean City is $150, and, according to John Derrickson of John's Auto Body, the fixed costs alone surpass that.

I'm going to follow the proceedings of their situation closely, and wish them success in their pursuit of a higher rate.
--Charles Duke
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