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    TRAA is the national “voice of America’s towing industry”! As a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit membership organization, we focus on federal representation, education, and legislation. It's the support of our membership is what allows TRAA to do this essential work. Join now and you’ll start receiving your member benefits right away!

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    TRAA represents the industry with our traffic incident management (TIM) partner disciplines, numerous government agencies, and other organizations.

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The "Voice of America's Towing Industry" Since 1979

Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) is the national “voice of America’s towing industry”! As a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit membership organization, we focus on federal legislation, education, and representation. It's the support of our membership that allows TRAA to do this essential work on behalf of every towing and recovery company across the country. TRAA’s membership includes towing and recovery professionals and associated companies from the United States, Canada, and abroad. Joining is quick and you’ll start receiving your member benefits right away!

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Why Should You Support Us?

If you own a company that works in (or with) the towing, recovery, or storage industries you should be a member of TRAA. It’s the right thing to do.

  • LegislationTRAA, along with its top-rate, full-time federal lobbyist firm, works tirelessly to promote and protect the best interests of the industry. We focus on federal legislation, both statues and regulations. We advocate on behalf of the industry's national interests both supporting positive legislation and opposing negative legislation.
  • EducationTRAA has educational resources for everyone in your company from written resources and training videos to professional certification for both operators and support staff. Safety is the first priority.
  • Representation: TRAA represents the interests of the industry on a variety of influential committees, groups, and projects. We work directly with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Professional Certification Coalition (PCC), FHWA Executive Leadership Group (ELG), Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG), and more.


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TRAA members can save thousands a year with exclusive member discounts, regular email updates on federal legislation, proprietary articles, free advertising, invitations to members-only events, and more! As a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit it's the support of our membership that allows TRAA to do this essential work on behalf of every towing and recovery company across the country.
 

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TRAA News

  • TRAA SIGNATORY ON LETTER TO AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

    • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    Stakeholders in Washington are pushing for a dry bulk 10% load shift axle variance to be included in the 2024 Farm Bill currently in committee. To combat these efforts, TRAA, as a member of the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT), has sent a letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership urging them to reject language that would increase truck weight or length. TRAA has long opposed increases in truck weight. Increasing truck weight would only increase the amount of time our operators would be roadside splitting combination vehicles and in harm's way. And, unfortunately, Congress has failed to enact legislation that would provide an exemption for towers for both length and weight.  TRAA is actively participating in CABT Hill meetings and is playing a lead role in the CABT with over a dozen Members of Congress. 

  • Legislative Update: TRAA Speaking at FMCSA Public Meeting

    • Thursday, June 6, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

     Late last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a public meeting scheduled for June 21st to engage stakeholders regarding fees that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators are charged for towing and recovery services. TRAA has been on the forefront of the industry effort to engage the FMCSA and FMCSA notes our leadership in the notice:    “FMCSA also notes that towing companies have taken issue with this characterization of the fees towing companies charge. Their lead trade association for the towing and recovery industry acknowledges that there are towing companies that engage in predatory behavior but that some of the fees identified by FMCSA are valid and necessary for towing companies to operate and keep the roads clear of disabled vehicles. The towing industry does not believe that the fees charged by towing companies are of the nature that the FTC should regulate in its rulemaking.”   The FMCSA also recognizes that to ensure a productive dialogue, the voices of key stakeholders must be heard at this meeting. As such, TRAA will be one of the few groups highlighted by the FMCSA has been invited to make official, introductory remarks during the meeting. As we noted last month, TRAA President Bill Johnson will be in Washington to attend the hearing in person and represent TRAA. The meeting will have a virtual component and those individuals wishing to attend or participate can register in advance here.    Building trust and relationships takes time, and it should come to no surprise that TRAA has been the predominant voice for the industry in this fight. The FMCSA has attended three Hill Days over several years, including this past March, and we have engaged with them on various issues prior to the FTC's Junk Fee Rule, including the Speed Limiter rulemaking. Next week, five representatives from TRAA will be in Washington for the Department of Transportation's Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Summit.    Our efforts extend beyond the FMCSA, as previously noted, TRAA has already met with the FTC and continues to engage with the Commission, including upcoming meetings. TRAA is joined at these meetings by our counsel, who has previously worked as an attorney for the FTC and brings a wealth of experience and expertise. We are also working with Congress, including Senate and House offices on both sides of the aisle as well as committees of jurisdiction.     Please do not hesitate to contact TRAA with any questions.  Sincerely, David J. Garriepy Vice President, Government Affairs Tremont Strategies Group (TSG)

  • Legislative Update: TRAA MEETS WITH FTC

    • Friday, May 24, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    As you'll already been aware, TRAA has been working tirelessly on a multifaceted advocacy effort since FMCSA Administrator Lawless submitted her comment on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) proposed “Junk Fees” Rule in February suggesting that “predatory towing practices” be added to the final rule. Last Friday, we provided an update on our efforts to engage the Department of Transportation (DOT) and FMCSA on the subject, including the soon-to-be-announced Tow Services Transparency Task Force. It remains TRAA's position that Congress already gave statutory authority to DOT and the states to regulate towing, not the FTC. We continue to deliver this message to various audiences involved in the FTC's rulemaking, as well as the FTC itself. To that end, we are also pleased to inform our members that yesterday, Bill Johnson, TRAA President, and Cynthia Martineau, TRAA Executive Director, with members of our lobbying team and legal counsel, held the first of multiple meetings directly with the FTC. During the meeting, TRAA reiterated the policy concerns noted in our February letter to Administrator Lawless and the legal concerns outlined in the memo by outside counsel. We have also been continually engaging a bipartisan group of Members of Congress on the issue. Towing is a bipartisan issue, and with a Democratic Administration drafting the rule, the optimal way to ensure the best possible outcome for the industry is engaging Members of both parties. TRAA has long been the industry's voice in Washington, and we will continue to engage the legislative and executive branches of government on this issue, and other issues that impact the industry. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, David J. Garriepy Vice President, Government Affairs Tremont Strategies Group (TSG)

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Testimonials

"(TRAA is) a great group of people that are dedicated to furthering the towing and recovery industry!" - Chad Yarbrough, Tim’s Towing, GA
 

"TRAA's Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day is the event that I look forward to each year. Being in Washington DC our nation's capital and meeting with your state legislators and other members of Congress is invaluable to promote our industry as professionals." - Jim Jennings, Emerald Towing, FL

"TRAA is a pivotal piece of promoting the health and wellbeing of our industry." - Lee Bellemare, Abyss Towing, ID

"TRAA lobbies for legal reform to protect first responders and tow truck operators. They are the legal voice of the Tow Industry." - Andrew Golub, PA

"Great information for our industry comes from the national association." - Charlie Griffin, Griffin and Griffin Towing, GA