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

    • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    TRAA's 6th annual Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day was another huge success with over 24 states from across the country represented! Together members made real progress towards garnering support for (a) our position that towing does not belong in the FTC's “Junk Fees” Rule, (b) support for the House National Move Over Law Resolution (H.Res.152), (c) advocating against bigger truck policies, (d) educating members on EV issues, and more.   Collectively we had constituent meetings with over 103 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 key committees for our industry including:   Senator Peter Welch, member of the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee Representative Mark Desaulnier, member of the House Transportation & infrastructure Committee and member of the Highway & Transit Subcommittee Representative Brandon Williams, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Representative Val Hoyle, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Vice Ranking Member on Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Representative Sharice Davids, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Small Business Committee Representative Dina Titus, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Ranking Member on Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Representative Greg Stanton, Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation & infrastructure Committee and member of the Highway & Transit Subcommittee Steven Carlson, Chief of Staff for Representative Chris Pappas who serves on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee The group also met with Larry Minor, FMCSA's Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development to discuss the administration's position on the “Junk Fee” Rule and other transportation regulations currently under consideration. Megan Meyer, TRAA's Ambassador to Motorsports, shared her personal connection to Slow Down Move Over Law awareness and our shared national campaign. We also met with Ryan Woodward, Chief of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs for the National Volunteer Fire Council to explore avenues for promoting our shared industry concerns regarding the safe handling of electric vehicles (EVs).  Lastly, we'll be wrapping up our time in DC with a state association panel on the Industry's Top Ten Issues. Your membership and support in TRAA make this good work possible on behalf of the industry.   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 MEETS WITH FMCSA LEADERSHIP

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    Today in D.C., TRAA met with FMCSA's Chief Legal Counsel Brian Stansbury and other senior leaders to discuss the anti-towing comment Acting Deputy Administrator Sue Lawless submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the agency's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking creating 16 CFR Part 464: Unfair or Deceptive Fees Trade Regulation (88 FR 77420).   During the 45-minute meeting, the TRAA team, including lobbyist and legal representatives, reviewed the many policy and legal issues with the content of FMCSA's letter and their request that the FTC include the nation's towing industry in their "Junk Fees" Rule. After much educating and reminding them of roadside safety policy the administration already has in place, we were able to discuss alternative mechanisms for addressing FMCSA's concerns regarding "predatory' towing practices. One option is to create a towing taskforce within FMCSA in which towers would have a seat at the table to review bills and discuss potential policy.   We expect to hear from FMCSA shortly on potential next steps. In the meantime, TRAA members will be discussing this critical issue with 100+ Members of Congress and their staffers next week during TRAA's annual Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day.   A big "thank you" to all three representatives for TRAA at today's meeting: Bill Johnson, TRAA's Legislative Chair, Liesl Sheehan, Partner at Tremont Strategist Group, and Katherine Funk, attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.   In closing, this assault on our industry is being responded to by the TRAA. Now is the time for all to get involved with TRAA and your state association. The trucking associations and insurance industry are powerful adversaries. As the adage goes, divide and conquer. United we will prevail!   Want to support TRAA as we defend the industry? If so, donations to our Lobbyist Support Fund are greatly appreciated.

  • TRAA'S LOBBYING & LEGAL TEAMS TAKE CHARGE

    • Friday, February 23, 2024
    • | Posted by TRAA Office

    As we reported last week, TRAA has been actively advocating on the industry's behalf regarding the comment FMCSA submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the agency's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking creating 16 CFR Part 464: Unfair or Deceptive Fees Trade Regulation (88 FR 77420).   As you are aware, the issue is complex and has many layers. Firstly, the so-called “Junk Fees” rulemaking announcement presented to Congress for approval made no mention of the towing industry, nor did the November 2023 Federal Register notice of the proposed rule. Towing was not brought into the fray as it relates to junk fees until late in the afternoon of February 7, 2024 - the very last day that the FTC accepted comment. At that point, the US DOT, via the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), submitted a letter requesting the tow industry be included as a focus of the FTC.   This letter was signed by the Acting Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency currently tasked with the (federal) oversight and regulation of the towing and recovery industry. FMCSA leadership needs to be reminded that towing is an essential contributor to the smooth functioning of our economy, providing valuable assistance to motorists in need and keeping traffic flowing on our roads and highways. Towers offer timely aid to motorists during unforeseen circumstances such as an incident or breakdown, often at great personal risk. A tower is killed every six days on average on American roads, highlighting not only the crucial role that towers fill, but also the great danger associated with the profession. We feel betrayed by how the industry was treated by FMCSA and have expressed these concerns to the agency.   Since the minute this outrageous and out-of-the-blue comment was submitted, the TRAA has been working feverishly with our lobbying and legal teams to mount a response to this action. One needs to find out the source of an issue before one can mount a response. All indications are this is a directive from the Biden Administration in coordination with the trucking industry. Our sources indicate that many individuals at FMCSA who regularly work with TRAA, were completely unaware of the initiative. This attempt to insert the towing industry under the proposed rules is fraught with issues and the mere fact our industry was never mentioned may open a door for a legal challenge. Also, Congress has ceded jurisdiction of non-consensual towing to the States. These facts are being reviewed by TRAAs legal team. As of today, TRAA, working with our lobbying and legal teams has:   Secured meeting with FMCSA Acting Deputy Administrator Sue Lawless (the top FMCSA official) and Chief Legal Counsel Brian Stansbury for next week; Coordinating with Members of Congress willing to lead an effort pushing back on the idea that towing fees are included as part of junk fees; Securing legal memo identifying legal faults in FMCSA's efforts, including Congressional statute that we believe negates the intended effort from FMCSA and will serve as the basis of any future legal efforts, should they be necessary; Submitted official letter to FTC Chair Khan on behalf of the industry; Submitted request for an informal hearing with the FTC.   In addition, we have secured meetings with over 100 Congressional offices to discuss this matter during our upcoming Hill Day from March 5 – 7th.   In closing, this assault on our industry is being responded to by the TRAA. Now is the time for all to get involved with TRAA and your state association. The trucking associations and insurance industry are powerful adversaries. As the adage goes, divide and conquer. United we will prevail!

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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