Regulation/Proposed Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and oversees the trucking industry, including towing, with the goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving trucks and buses. FMCSA is directly responsible for federal programs and policies that impact the industry including driver qualifications, hours of service (HOS), safety regulations, and requirements for inspection, repair, and maintenance programs for commercial vehicles. FMCSA regulations directly impact every towing company in the United States. 

As such, TRAA frequently submits comments in the federal register on proposed rulemaking, either in favor or opposition, based on the best interest of our members. Some of the proposals TRAA has recently commented on include:
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Did you know? 
Federal legislation is broken down into two types: statues and regulations. They're related as both are intended to set out legally binding rules, but who makes them and how very different. Federal statutes are laws made by the United States Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Statutes do not and cannot set out all the details that describe procedure related to the application and enforcement of the statutes. That is where regulations come in. Regulations are drafted by departments and administrative agencies, and each has its areas of expertise and is charged with drafting regulations in those areas. Click here for information on TRAA's statutory activites.


Who We Are

TRAA is the national association representing the U.S. towing and recovery industry. We act as the "voice of America's towing industry" by offering representation, education, and leadership at the federal level. Much of our focus is on representing the interests of the towing and recovery industry on Capitol Hill including promoting positive legislation and opposing potentially negative legislation. TRAA is the industry's watchdog on Capitol Hill!