Industry Representation

As the towing and recovery industry's national association, TRAA represents the interests of the industry on a variety of influential committees, groups, and projects. These activities are essential to ensuring the best for the industry today and moving forward. Additionally, these many positions representing the industry give TRAA the unique opportunity to network and work cooperatively with our traffic incident management (TIM) partner disciplines, numerous government agencies, and other organizations. 
A sample of TRAA's ongoing positions representing the industry include:

  1. ATA Towing Task Force - TRAA Executive Cabinet member and TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network (LAN) Chair, William Johnson has a position Task Force.
  2. Next-Generation TIM Committee - Next-generation (NextGen) TIM increases the focus on local agency TIM programs while integrating new and emerging technology, tools, and training to improve incident detection and reduce safety response and clearance times on all roadways. TRAA is representing the industry on the committee currently developing the NextGen TIM program.
  3. Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) - TRAA has been an active member of the PCC since its inception in July 2018. The group addresses efforts to enact state and federal legislation that would undermine the recognition of certifications developed or offered by private certification organizations.
  4. TIM Awareness Week's National Planning Committee - TRAA serves on the Committee planning FHWA's annual Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week every year in November.
  5. TIM Executive Leadership Group (ELG) - The ELG brings together 15 member organizations representing all roadside emergency responder disciplines to review and discuss TIM policies, effectiveness, and national implementation. The group meets every 6 months either at the FHWA Headquarters in DC or virtually.
  6. TIM for Rural Environments Research Project - The goal is to identify good approaches to meeting the unique challenges of rural and remote TIM, develop a Rural TIM State of the Practice report, and then to develop Rural TIM training objectives and lesson materials based on the findings for integration into the NextGen TIM curriculum.
  7. TIM Responder Struck-by Data Gathering Process & System Committee - The committee's objective is to develop a system for the tracking and reporting of TIM Responder Struck-by Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) and injuries.
  8. Transportation Research Board's Joint Subcommittee for Emergency Responders - The subcommittee's goal is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and innovation for responders within transportation and to encourage technology transfer and dissemination of knowledge across all fields of interest to make travel safer, more efficient, equitable, and resilient for all roadside emergency responders. A TRAA representative has been serving on the TRB subcommittee since its inception in 2018.
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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!