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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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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.

What's In It For You?

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 Submits Comment to Federal Register on Exemption Application by Waymo, LLC and Aurora Operations, Inc.

    • Tuesday, April 11, 2023
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    In March, Waymo LLC (Waymo) and Aurora Operations, Inc. (Aurora) applied on behalf of a class of motor carriers operating autonomous driving systems (ADS) equipped CMVs for a 5-year exemption from the "required placement of warning devices around stopped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), the requirement that lamps for warning devices be steady-burning, and to allow use of a warning device for stopped vehicles not currently allowed by Agency rules."   TRAA has submitted a comment in opposition to Docket No. FMCSA-2023-0071 based on our belief that allowing the use of amber, or other color, warning beacons in place of the traditional warning devices such as flares, fusses or reflective triangles will increase the motoring public's disregard and desensitization to warning beacons when displayed for true emergencies. Further, as submitted, the exemption request may be in direct conflict with current emergency lighting use regulations in several states and most definitely conflicts with the intended use of amber warning beacons. Most states do not allow use of amber warning beacons unless a vehicle is presenting a direct hazard to traffic such as being slow moving, stopped in an active lane of travel, or otherwise specifically required by law. By adding yet another group of vehicles displaying amber beacons the motoring public will be further confused as to the intended meaning of the caution light and/or their responsibility when approaching a vehicle displaying such lights.

  • Event in Review: TRAA's Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day

    • Tuesday, April 4, 2023
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    TRAA's fifth annual Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day was another huge success with over 23 states from across the country represented! Together members made real progress towards getting support for the National Move Over Law Resolution (H.Res.152), amending federal weights and measures regulations (23 U.S.C. 127), opposing CMV speed limiters, educating members on EVs, and more.   Collectively we had constituent meetings with over 65 Members of Congress and their staffers to discuss the industry and our needs. Plus, the group met with another 8 Members of Congress and professional staff on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committees for both the House and Senate.   The group also received a presentation from FHWA on ECD-7 Next Generation TIM: Technology for Saving Lives, a presentation by Collin Long with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), a presentation by Brad Roseberry with the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT), and a presentation by ?Dr. Scott Parr with the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Working cooperatively with safety groups and others in DC is essential to making progress on our issues. Lastly, the event ended with a state association panel on Getting Paid Under Liability Insurance. Your membership and support in TRAA make this good work on behalf of the industry possible.   Want more? Look forward to fantastic articles on TRAA's Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day in upcoming issues of American Towman and Tow Times.

  • TRAA Endorses & Secures Inclusion in National Work Zone Awareness Week Resolution

    • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    A bipartisan Senate resolution introduced by Senators Braun and Blumenthal to recognize April 17-21, 2023, as National Work Zone Awareness Week (S.Res.130) has been agreed in the Senate. The goal of the resolution is to raise awareness and educate motorist on how to safely move through and operate in work zones and decrease the risk to those working on the nation's roadways. Thanks to TRAA's efforts towing and recovery professionals are specifically included in the resolution under Section (3) – Subsection (G) which states, "providing towing and recovery professionals room to facilitate the process of clearing crashes."   While the proposal is specific to work zones or “road construction sites", the dangers posed are not limited to highway or construction workers. Traffic incident management (TIM) partner disciplines, including towing and recovery professionals, are called to address and clear these crashes in work zones when they occur thereby also putting themselves in danger of being struck. Additionally, TIM partner disciplines are also roadway users in the execution of their duties which puts us at risk for being involved in a crash ourselves.   In addition to TRAA, the resolution is endorsed by 12 other national groups including AAA National, American Traffic Safety Services Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Organization, Governors Highway Safety Association, National Safety Council, and more.



"(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