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Four Big Wins for the Towing Industry in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Early this week the Senate passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R.3684). While nothing is ever guaranteed when dealing with the Congress, it appears highly likely that the version passed by the Senate will be the bill that makes it to the President’s desk by year’s end. TRAA is happy to report that thanks to the efforts of our membership, our federal lobbying firm, the TRAA LAN, and the great success of TRAA’s annual Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Days, the Senate version of H.R. 3684 has addressed two of TRAA’s top priorities and also killed two provisions that represented profound threats to the towing industry… Click here for the full notice!


 

WTRAA Scholarship Fund 2021 Recipients Announced!

The Women of the Towing & Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) is an auxiliary organization for the Towing & Recovery Association of American (TRAA).

Since 1990, under the TRAA Education Foundation, the WTRAA Scholarship Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to the child or grandchild of a TRAA regular member to help them complete their education. Scholarships are awarded to students each year based on merit, financial need, and the candidate’s overall character, community involvement, family service, etc.

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients Are:

  • Connor Schmit – Awarded $2,000.00 – Connor will be a freshman at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Connor is majoring in Global Business Management with a minor in Philosophy.
  • Morgan Hobson – Awarded $2,500.00 – Morgan will be a sophomore at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Morgan will be working towards a major in Business Organizational Management with a double minor in mathematics and economics.
  • Julia Tantare – Awarded $7,000.00 – Julia will be a senior at Seattle University, Seattle, WA. After finishing with her undergraduate degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice Theory with a minor in Psychology, Julia plans to attend law school to become a criminal defense attorney.

For individuals interested in applying for 2022, look for the WTRAA Scholarship Application to run in the Spring edition of the TRAA – Towing & Recovery Association of America’s National Towing E-News and on the TRAA website, traaonline.com.

Questions? Click here to submit your inquiry via email. (Inquires Only)


 

NTSB Report Finds Emergency Responders Are Unprepared for Responding to Electric Vehicles Fires

Every year, more and more electric cars appear on our roads and highways. As the popularity of these vehicles grows, so do the risks they pose – to emergency responders as well as to the public.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on which a TRAA representative serves, investigated four recent high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires in electric vehicles. Three of the fires erupted after high-speed, high-severity crashes. The fourth resulted from the internal failure of a battery during normal driving. Each case posed special challenges to emergency responders. The study concluded that vehicle manufacturer emergency response guides for emergency personnel are inadequate and gaps are present in safety standards and research-related to high-voltage, lithium-ion batteries involved in high-speed, high-severity crashes.
Where can emergency responders turn for information about high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires?
NTSB’s full report, called Safety Risks to Emergency Responders from Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles (NTSB/SR-20/01) is available on the NTSB website (www.ntsb.gov).

Towers Win: Missouri Governor Vetoes HB 661

In a victory for towers across the country, the Governor of Missouri has vetoed SS#2/HB 661, an OOIDA-backed towing reform bill. If enacted, the bill would have created an oversight committee to regulate non-consensual towing within the state and create a complaint task force to customers who feel they’ve been overcharged for third-party tows.

These is the slim chance that the bill could still move when the Missouri legislature meets in September for a veto override session, but that seems unlikely given the legal concerns the governor outlines in his veto letter regarding the bill.

OOIDA has been trying to pass similar versions of this bill for several years. Hopefully this will be the last we see of this sort of legislation from OOIDA for a while. In a recent Land Line article OOIDA’s Mike Matousek said, “as much as I hate to admit it, we might have to move on until there’s a new governor in Missouri.”

The governor’s veto is a huge win for towers across the country as once enacted, similar legislation could become the model for other states. Kudos to the Towing and Recovery Association of Missouri (TRAM) and the Missouri Tow Truck Association (MTTA) for all their hard work on this issue! Link to original notice


 

WreckMaster and TRAA Join Forces for Towing Industry’s First Unified Certification

WreckMaster Inc. and the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) have announced a new partnership that will oversee the creation of a new standardized certification body. This move to one united certification is designed to increase safety, professionalism, and better serve the whole towing and recovery industry.
The new co-branded certification offerings will combine the best elements of TRAA’s and WreckMaster’s current programs and will include modified versions of all levels and competencies currently covered by TRAA and WreckMaster’s established programs. No more choosing between the two options, you will now be able to get the best of both worlds in one spot!
The Towing and Recovery Operator Certification Program™ (TROCP™) will host the industry’s first-ever unified certifications for tow operators. The Towing and Recovery Support Certification Program® (TRSCP®) will continue to offer the industry’s first-ever certification program designed specifically for non-operators working within the towing industry. TROCP™ and TRSCP® certification exams will all be available online at towcert.com.
Statement from WreckMaster President Justin Cruse:
“For over 30 years, WreckMaster has been working towards creating a safer, more educated and better compensated towing industry. When we first introduced certification in the 1990’s, we dreamed of the day when an independent certification body like TROCP would exist. We look forward to working with TRAA toward our common goal of a safer towing community.”
Statement from TRAA President Joanne Blyton:
“TRAA has long been invested in promoting education and professionalism within the towing industry. Together with WreckMaster we can accomplish so much more for the betterment of our towing community than we can working separately. We look forward to this exciting new partnership, as we say at TRAA “The Road Ahead Awaits.”
TROCP™ and TRSCP® exams will be available on towcert.com starting June 1, 2021. Those currently certified with WreckMaster or TRAA will maintain their active status.
Questions and requests for information can be directed to info@towcert.com.
About WreckMaster
WreckMaster was created to satisfy the Towing Industry’s desire to be recognized as a skilled trade. Offering training from entry-level towers to heavy-duty experts, WreckMaster has become the leading training body in the towing industry. Since 1991 over 45,000 operators have completed training and joined the ranks as WreckMasters.
About TRAA
TRAA has been the “The Voice of America’s Towing Industry” for over 40 years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the towing and recovery industry through legislation, education, and representation. Working diligently with state associations and members we strive for professionalism and a fair and profitable industry. TRAA is proud to have contributed to the safety of our industry through the certification of over 20,000 tow operators across the country.

WTRAA Scholarship Applications – Deadline Extended to July 31st!

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 2021 WTRAA Scholarship Application.  Please review the Application thoroughly before you send in your application to make sure all required materials are included. The completed application must be mailed and postmarked by the deadline of July 31, 2021.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Recipient is a Regular Member of TRAA (as defined by TRAA by laws) in good standing, or a child or grandchild of a Regular Member of TRAA in good standing. TRAA Regular membership in good standing must have 36 months consecutive membership.
  • Recipient has a high school or college minimum grade point average of 8.
  • Recipient shows evidence of financial
  • Recipient shows leadership
  • All application questions and requirements are
  • Physical applications must be 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.


 

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.


 

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