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$475K Fine for Predatory Towing

All County Towing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines after targeting cars at a mall in Sunrise. Companies caught making illegal tows in Sunrise will face fines as high as $15,000 per incident. All County illegally towed 94 cars near the Sawgrass Mills mall over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday. A judge ordered All County to pay $411,000, or $4,372.34 per tow. At the city's request, the judge tacked on $41,498 in interest and $4,475 in legal fees, bringing the final tally to $457,520. Source: sun-sentinel.com.
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Navistar, Love's Form Service Partnership

Navistar Inc. has signed a service partnership agreement with Love's Travel Stops (Love's), which adds more than 315 Love's Truck Tire Care and Speedco locations and more than 1,000 technicians to Navistar's International service network. The exclusive partnership, which will be fully operational in the second half of 2019, authorizes most Love's and Speedco service locations to handle a wide array of work covered by a Navistar-issued new-product warranty, as well as the company's extended warranties and used truck warranties. All applicable Love's and Speedco service locations will be authorized to perform warranty work with service repair times of three hours or less for all International Class 6-8 trucks. Source: Navistar.com.

Blizzard Swamps Denver Towmen

Tow companies were in high demand Wednesday in the Denver, Colorado, area. "Winch outs, tows; we're slammed," said Jeremy Byslma, a supervisor and driver for AAA. Byslma had to tow cars in winds above 50 mph. While out, Byslma got word his co-workers responding to calls in Commerce City had a scary moment when a driver slammed into a police car that in turn hit a tow truck. Everyone involved in that incident was OK. Source: kdvr.com.
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AT to Introduce [b]Trust Award

American Towman Magazine is creating a new awards program designed to reward towing operations for their demonstration of trust to their customers and towing industry partners. Tow business owners will be honored with the Trust Award in Atlantic City during the 31st annual American Towman Exposition, December 4–8, 2019.

"We have industry partners who track performance traits of trust and reliability, and we have our own experiences with towing companies in this regard," said AT Expo founder, Steve Calitri. As many as 1,000 companies could likely qualify for the Trust Award this year, according to Calitri.

The American Towman Trust Award is expected to have business value for towing companies that receive it. Atlantic City, says Calitri, will provide a great venue for kicking off this new and exclusive recognition program.

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Work to Zero 2050

This year, the National Safety Council will launch Work to Zero 2050 with a $500,000 grant from the McElhattan Foundation. Its purpose is to eliminate death on the job by the year 2050. The initiative will pilot and evaluate promising technology and training programs that could eliminate workplace fatalities in this lifetime.

"In the United States, over 5,000 workers were killed on the job last year due to motor vehicle crashes, falls, exposure or other causes. In the early 1900s, more than 50,000 employees were killed each year; 10 times more than now," according to a release from the Safety Council.

In the article appearing in TIW this week by Brian J. Riker (see Tow Business & Operations page), since the beginning of the year through March 8, there have already been 26 reported roadside fatalities. Almost 40 percent of those fatalities have been towmen.

Obviously, the Work to Zero 2050 initiative would be universally welcomed by the towing industry. To find out more about Work to Zero 2050, contact the National Safety Council at worktozero@nsc.org.

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Mobile Create’s MPT-100

Mobile Create 02573MPT-100 integrates voice and data seamlessly, offers advanced features and enhanced usability, and delivers increased capacity to keep your drivers connected safely and productively. The device is attachable on the driver's seat and supports 12VDC and 24VDC Vehicle Application. Stop by their booth to see what they offer at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 8-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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