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COVID Relief Package – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw Loans

Congress has passed a second COVID-19 relief package just days before many of the provisions in the CARES Act were set to expire. As a small business owner, the most pertinent components of the Act relate to the extension of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the opportunity for a “second draw” loan.

TRAA is here to help you navigate this evolving situation. Thanks to our federal lobbying team, Tremont Strategies Group, we already have a summary of the PPP provisions ready for you. Click here for details.


 

FHWA National Traffic Incident Responder Awareness Week – November 9-15, 2020!

Join our Incident Responder Partners and Be part of the TEAM! Incident response is always on our minds.
Every minute of every day emergency responders across the country work to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Too many are struck on scene. Too many die. The goal of National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week is, for the fourth year, to reach out to every responder, and to every driver, and to every passenger, to make it more clear that every person has a role to play. Stay tuned here for resources to help you reach out to your communities, to your organizations, and to your hero responders.

2020 WTRAA Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Each year, the WTRAA Scholarship Fund under the TRAA Education Foundation, Inc. awards scholarships to TRAA members’ children and grandchildren to assist them in completing their education.  Fundraising for these scholarships has become a cooperative effort working with the TRAA Education Foundation and the WTRAA Scholarship Trustees.

The WTRAA Scholarship Fund Committee is excited to announce and congratulate the following 2020 WTRAA Scholarship recipients.  Their continued excellence in their education, and enthusiasm towards their future are the founding principles of the WTRAA Scholarship Program.  We are excited to see how far they will go in the future!

Julia Tantare – $5,500.00.  Julia is attending Seattle University, Seattle, WA.  Julia wants to attend law school after receiving her undergraduate degree in criminology and criminal justice theory with a minor in psychology.

Morgan Hobson – $2,000.00.  Morgan is attending Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.  Morgan will be working towards a major in Business Organizational Management and a double minor in mathematics and economics.

MacKenna G. Schueller – $2,000.00.  MacKenna will be attending Concordia University, Mequon, WI.  MacKenna’s goal is to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a bachelor’s degree in DMS.

For individuals interested in applying in 2021, look for the WTRAA Scholarship Application to run in the Spring edition of the TRAA – Towing & Recovery Association of America’s E-News. 

The WTRAA Scholarship Committee members are: Geri Roskopf, Chair, Katie Gratzianna, Kaileigh Kupchin and Jessica Kuntz – Advisor.


 

WTRAA Scholarship Applications – Deadline Extended to July 10, 2020!

The WTRAA Scholarship Committee recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures have greatly impacted students this academic year. For that reason, the WTRAA Scholarship Committee has decided to extend the WTRAA Scholarship application deadline date from June 6, 2020 to July 10, 2020.

Each year the WTRAA Scholarship Fund, under the TRAA Education Foundation, Inc., awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of TRAA members to assist them in completing their education. Don’t miss out on this valuable member benefit!

Click here for the revised 2020 WTRAA Scholarship Application.  Please review the Application thoroughly before you send in your application to make sure all required materials are included with your application and you have it post-marked with the new deadline of July 10, 2020.

Scholarship Requirements*:

  • Must be a member of TRAA, or a child or grandchild of a TRAA member, in good standing (as defined by TRAA by-laws). Membership must have been current for 36 consecutive months prior.
  • Student must attend an accredited two or four year college or university
  • High school or college GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Evidence of financial need
  • Demonstration of leadership qualities
  • All application questions and requirements are completed
  • Physical applications are mailed and postmarked by the application deadline

Questions or concerns can be directed to Geri Roskopf, WTRAA Scholarship Chair, at geriroskopf@sbclgoal.net or 262-251-0600.


 

Announcing New TRAA and HAAS Alert Partnership!

HAAS Alert and the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) announced a new partnership today to improve safety and prevent collisions for towing professionals. Under the agreement, TRAA members will have access to exclusive fleet benefits with Safety Cloud®, the industry-leading collision prevention service for emergency responders and roadside workers developed by HAAS Alert. To support the towing community further, TRAA non-members with eligibly sized fleets that equip Safety Cloud will also receive a year of complimentary TRAA membership.

Collisions and struck-by incidents are the leading cause of death for towing and recovery professionals. Even though all 50 states in the US have Move Over laws, an average of one tow truck driver is killed every six days, and eight towers in the US have already been killed in the first two months of 2020. TRAA and HAAS Alert are committed to addressing this urgent challenge by partnering together to help towers nationwide equip their vehicles with Safety Cloud.

Safety Cloud enables tow trucks and other first responder vehicles to send real-time digital alerts to drivers as they approach active incidents. A small device installed in the truck sends vehicle location data to Safety Cloud, which then delivers alerts to nearby motorists through the Waze app on their mobile devices, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or compatible vehicle infotainment systems, giving them time to react before they reach the incident. Since launching more than two years ago, the Safety Cloud has processed more than 100 million driver alerts. The new partnership between TRAA and HAAS Alert will provide towing operators with valuable protection and benefits including premium fleet pricing and TRAA member support.

Cynthia Martineau, TRAA’s Executive Director, said of the partnership, “We’re excited to be working with HAAS Alert and believe that Safety Cloud provides towers an effective layer of additional protection from approaching drivers, many of whom are simply not paying attention to the roadway. HAAS Alert shares our goal of promoting the wellness and interests of towers, and we look forward to working together in the months ahead to make roads safer for our members and the communities they serve.”

HAAS Alert CEO and founder Cory Hohs said, “Towing is a critical part of emergency response, and every one of us relies on tow truck operators when we need assistance. These operators have one of the highest on-the-job fatality rates in the country, and they deserve more protection than they have today to ensure they can do their job safely. Partnering with TRAA means we can reach more towers than ever, enable them to prevent these collisions from occurring, and finally start solving this problem.”

About HAAS Alert

HAAS Alert makes roads and communities safer by delivering digital alerts from emergency response and other municipal fleets to nearby drivers. The company streams real-time alerts and other vital safety information to motorists and connected cars via in-vehicle and navigation systems when emergency vehicles are approaching and on-scene. For emergency response and roadway fleets interested in joining the Safety Cloud, click below to get equipped.

Press Release


 

“Tow Like A Pro” Safety Poster Set

Developed by the TRAA Education Foundation Inc. on behalf of the TRAA, our new “Tow Like A Pro” Safety Poster Set is made of long lasting, durable vinyl with grommets for easy display. These unique posters are a perfect safety tool for your company.

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Order copies for your office, shop, and/or garage now!

Tow Like A Pro- Safety Poster Set
$39.95
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* Free shipping offer limited to orders from 1-15 sets and delivered within the U.S.

 

 


 

FHWA National Traffic Incident Responder Awareness Week – November 10-16, 2019

Join our Incident Responder Partners and Be part of the TEAM!
Incident response is always on our minds.
Every minute of every day emergency responders across the country work to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Too many are struck on scene. Too many die. The goal of National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week is, for the fourth year, to reach out to every responder, and to every driver, and to every passenger, to make it more clear that every person has a role to play. Stay tuned here for resources to help you reach out to your communities, to your organizations, and to your hero responders.

The 2019 TRAA election slate is set! Click on the link below to view the complete slate and candidate bios.

2019 TRAA Election Slate and Candidate Biographies

After seven long months, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied TRAA’s petition for an exemption from electronic logging device requirements for the towing industry. Their decision is based on the premise that the exemption “would not achieve the equivalent level of safety that would be achieved by the use of ELDs.”

TRAA greatly appreciates the efforts of those instrumental in writing and supporting the ELD exemption petition. While we did not achieve our desired goal, our voice was heard.

The TRAA Cabinet and the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network® (TRAA LAN®) feel strongly that FMCSA’s decision is misguided and that they truly do not understand the uniqueness of the towing industry. FMCSA continues to view towing as equivalent to the trucking industry. For years our industry has been plagued with ill fitting regulations that have negatively impacted us. It is imperative that we lobby legislation to reclassify the towing industry as first or primary responders, therefore, removing ourselves from under the trucking class. A reclassification would provide relief from unrealistic regulations, protections as emergency responders, and professionalize the towing industry once and for all.

TRAA and the TRAA LAN® will continue to work diligently on behalf of the towing industry towards this effort. Now is the time for every towing company in the United States to join TRAA and make our one national voice loud, strong, and unrelenting!

Tow Times and TRAA invite you to the 2018 Tow Summit, the only towing
industry education program of its kind.

JULY 25 – 27,2018

AT THE GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

For each registration using the TRAA2018 code,
TRAA members receives a special discount of $100 for every primary
and $50 for every second and third attendee from
the same company.

Be sure to enter code TRAA2018 for your member discount!

QUESTIONS?
CONTACT CHRISTINE WEAVER AT
407.706.6848 OR EMAIL
CWEAVER@TOWTIMESMAG.COM

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