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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.


 

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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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.

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