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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 13 - March 19, 2019
Towman Bianca Mojica of Todisco Towing in Boston, Massachusetts, says she still receives funny looks when she pulls up to do her job as one of the few female tow operators. Image -

Mojica Making Name for Herself [b]in Towing

According to the Statewide Towing Association of Massachusetts, there are more women becoming tow operators. Bianca Mojica is a tow operator with Todisco Towing in Boston and is one of the few women towers. She may get some funny looks when she pulls up, but she says there's never any second-guessing when they see her in action.

"It's a little stereotypical," said Mojica. "The reactions are never-ending. They are never new. I love figuring out the puzzle ... How am I going to get this out? What am I going to do? What's my next move?

"I don't have any limitations," she continued. "I'm very handy. I'm very hands-on. So, I catch on pretty quickly."

Mojica used to drive tractor-trailers so Todisco's huge rigs, she says, are easy to handle.

Todisco says they are always looking for new operators and Mojica hopes to see other eager women joining their team.

"It's not easy, but it's definitely fun. If you love action and love hands-on stuff, it's definitely something to be in," she said.


STO Testifies on [b]Texas Bill

Texas House Bill 625 was heard before the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee on March 4. If passed, HB 625 would lengthen the time for a vehicle owner to submit a request for a tow hearing. Current Texas law allows for 14 days, excluding weekends and holidays. HB 625 would extend the number of days to 60, excluding weekends and holidays.

Tasha Mora, owner of A&A Wrecker & Recovery in Austin and legislative co-chair for Southwest Tow Operators, testified on behalf of STO. Mora explained that tow hearings were created years ago to allow a quick and easy method for a vehicle owner to contest a tow. She also testified that there are other deadlines in the code that businesses work within and extending the number of days to request a tow hearing would have unintended consequences.

HB 625 was left pending in the committee. STO plans to meet with members of the committee to express their concerns and opposition.

Source: Southwest Tow Operators.

Jerr-Dan Parent Oshkosh Named ‘Most Ethical’

Oshkosh Corp., parent company of Jerr-Dan, was recently honored by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for the fourth consecutive year. Oshkosh is one of only four honorees in the automotive category and one of only 128 companies, spanning 21 countries and 50 industries, named to the list.

"We are honored, once again, to be recognized for this award," said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh president/CEO. "It is a testament to our 15,000 team members who demonstrate everyday our values of citizenship, honesty, accountability, integrity and respect."

"Operating with integrity and ethics is what fuels our spirit for innovation, which is why we are honored to receive this recognition for a fourth consecutive year," said Richard Del Campo, VP/GM at Jerr-Dan. "It is our people, our product quality, our unwavering commitment to safety and ethics that sets up apart."

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program, culture of ethics, corporate citizenship and responsibility, governance and leadership and reputation. All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

Source: Jerr-Dan.

TRAA's ‘40 in 40’ Campaign

In celebration of TRAA's 40th Anniversary, the association has launched its "40 in 40" campaign. The combined contributions of 40 members will allow TRAA to fund the initial expense of hiring a federal lobbyist to represent the industry for the next three years. After that point, the lobbyist will be integrated into TRAA's operating expense and covered by membership dues.

"With TRAA's dedication to legislative change and the formation of the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network," said a release from TRAA. "A lobbyist is now a necessity to accomplish future goals." The release further stated, "the towing industry needs expert and proactive legislative lobbying to continue to lookout for the interests of the industry."

With the "40 in 40" campaign, donors agree to contribute $2,500/year with a three-year commitment. They will receive special recognition on TRAA's website, annual directory and newsletter. The first 40 donors will receive a specially designed "40 in 40" recognition and donors must remain members in good standing with TRAA for the duration of the campaign.

Source: TRAA.

Budget Passes with [b]APTO Amendment

The Ohio House of Representatives passed the state Transportation Budget which included an amendment sponsored by the Association of Professional Towers-Ohio on March 7. The amendment makes the extended size and weight limit exemption for heavy-duty towing and recovery vehicles permanent in law.

It also expands the current size and weight limits for towing and recovery vehicles responding to an emergency, allowing heavy-duty wreckers to operate without the threat of penalty for exceeding weight limitations when traveling to and returning from an emergency.

APTO Executive Director Joe Hollabaugh testified in front of the Ohio House Finance Committee in support of the amendment on behalf of the state's towing industry. A part of this testimony included video of a History Channel broadcast of "Rescue Trucks" that featured APTO Member Ron Myers of Pine Tree Towing and Recovery and a real-life emergency.

"We showed this video to the committee to demonstrate the capabilities of heavy-duty towing and recovery vehicles, the need for the exemption, how they are used and why heavy duty towing and recovery vehicles are used in an emergency," the association stated in a release.

Source: APTO.

Texas Task Force Tackles ‘Move Over’

Law enforcement in Potter and Randall counties in Texas are increasing patrols to find violators of the Move Over law. During the last week in February, the new task force stopped nearly 100 drivers for violating the law.

Safety Manager David Ferril of T-Miller Wrecker Service in Amarillo said he supports what the task force is doing.

"The towing industry did (the American Towman Spirit Ride) campaign last year where they brought a casket and they went all around the United States and actually came through Amarillo twice last year trying to raise awareness," he said. "We're still just losing operators way too often."

Bob Douthit Autos is a 24-hour tow service in Pampa; Bob Douthit himself was killed in 2002 by a drunk driver while operating on the side of the road.

The company said it is passionate about the Move Over law because of their loss.

"It's just very important to us because of that and it devastated our whole family," said Rick Garrison, manager of Bob Douthit Autos and VP of Southwest Tow Operators.

"There's been numerous times I've been out and nearly got hit on the side of the highway working an accident or just a breakdown," he said. "It seems like the breakdowns for a tow truck driver are more dangerous than even the accidents because you're out there by yourself."

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