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Tow truck drivers rally to improve response to ‘Move Over’ Law

The drivers lined up to greet Governor Cuomo during a CNY visit

































State's 'Move Over Law' now applies to sanitation workers





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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived at the New York State Fairgrounds to announce Phase II of renovations, he was greeted by rows of tow trucks lining both sides of State Fair Boulevard.



Operators say the goal was to get help improving compliance with the State's Move Over Law.



Most of the drivers lined up end-to-end could quickly name someone who died on the job.



"The last funeral we had to go to was for James Homkey in Canajoharie two weeks ago. He was the tow truck operator killed on the NYS Thruway," said Tina Lyon, a tow truck operator.



On Friday, a NYS Thruway worker died when he was hit by a vehicle while helping two tow truck operators in Herkimer County.



Among the men and women lining State Fair Boulevard as the Governor arrived were workers from Northern Lights Auto Service in Mattydale, who buried their boss, Todd Young, five years ago this month.



"It devastated his family. Still to this day, there's not a day that goes by that his family isn't affected by it," said Nathaniel Sherman, an employee of Northern Lights.



While New York law does require drivers to move over for tow truck operators - many workers say not enough people are paying attention when they see the flashing lights.



"Nobody takes them seriously really. Nobody is slowing down and moving over for the yellow lights because everybody has them," Lyon said. "So, we are asking the Governor to amend the Move Over Law to allow tow truck operators to have the blue rear-facing lights, so when we do our job. It's a little easier for the public to see."



The law now includes sanitation vehicles in addition to tow trucks and emergency vehicles. Violators could be fined up to $400 and get three points on their license. Sherman says that's not enough.



"It takes a blink of any eye for someone to lose their life....where a ticket - they can pay the fine and go about their day," he adds. "Unless there are some real stiff penalties to the point where it sets into these people, they are not going to listen."



Lyon says she has sent letters to the Governor, but hasn't heard back. She organized the rally quickly after hearing he would be visiting the fairgrounds this week.



Her efforts reach beyond the state lawmakers - she wants every driver to think carefully as they hurry home at the end of the day.



"We're usually competitors. But, for a cause like this we do band together as a whole and try to get the word out there," she said. "Please slow down and move over because we all want to go home too."



Read more: http://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/tow-truck-drivers-rally-to-improve-response-to-move-over-law



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Man tries to escape tow truck and fails spectacularly





In a misguided attempt to evade being towed a man tried to drive his car off the back of a parked tow truck.

There's precious little information on this video, but it seems that somewhere in Ireland (probably County Roscommon going by RN code on the number plate) a motorist had his car hoisted on to a flatbed tow truck for some infraction. Not wanting his car towed, because who would, the driver leaped into action and tried to drive his captured car off the back of the truck's deck. It, uh, it didn't go as planned.



Gunning the engine, our intrepid motorist dropped the small silver sedan into reverse and just went for it. Unfortunately, physics (and the fact that the car was still hung up in the hoist slings) intervened and all he managed to do was get the car into a very precarious half-on/half-off position on the deck. He spent a few minutes futilely attempting to get the car unstuck by spinning his tires and swearing, then gave up and dismounted.



Then, in yet another inspired move, the incensed driver tried to start a fight with the tow truck drivers who had been standing by watching the farce with a growing crowd of onlookers. There isn't much resolution to the video, little in the way of closure, but it's probably safe to assume that our plucky hero is on the hook not just for towing fees but also for some substantial repair bills.



Driving off the back of tow trucks is apparently a thing in Ireland and the UK. Back in 2014 a guy in East London tried the same trick and drove his Vauxhall off the back of a tow truck. He was more successful though, and apparently drove away.









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Chaos at LAX as China Southern Airlines plane slams into tow truck on the tarmac



Collision involving China Southern flight 328 took place on a taxi lane at about 11.55pm Thursday at LAX


The truck driver reportedly suffered minor injuries


There were no reported injuries among the 447 passengers and flight crew


China Southern flight and two American Airlines flights were cancelled


Cause of the collision remains under investigation








A tow truck collided with the China Southern Airlines plane it was pulling at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night.



The collision took place at about 11.55pm, airport spokesman Frederick Badlissi said in a statement to DailyMail.com.



He said that 'an aircraft tug towing China Southern flight 328 for departure to Guangzhou hit the Airbus A380 aircraft.



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A tow truck collided with a China Southern Airlines plane that it was pulling at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night





















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The collision happened on a taxi lane between Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal Four around midnight





'The tug driver sought medical attention through his company provider. No injuries were reported among the 447 passengers and flight crew aboard the aircraft.'



The truck driver had minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.



Badlissi said that 'The incident occurred on a taxi lane located between the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal 4.



'Passengers deplaned by using portable stairs and were returned to TBIT, and were accommodated via rescheduling, refunds or hotel rooms.



'While awaiting accommodations and rescheduling, passengers were provided bottled water and snacks.'



















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The truck driver reportedly had minor injuries. There were no reported injuries among the 447 passengers and flight crew





Badlissi revealed that the plane was towed at 4.30am to a gate at Tom Bradley International Terminal.



He said that 'three flights were cancelled: the China Southern flight, as well as two American Airlines flights at Terminal 4, impacting approximately 1060 passengers'.



'American Airlines accommodated the passengers on their cancelled flight,' Badlissi said. 'China Southern flight’s regular departure is 10:20 p.m.'



Badlissi said the cause of the collision remains under investigation.





Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3929326/Tow-truck-pulling-China-Southern-Airlines-plane-LAX-CRASHES-aircraft.html#ixzz4R3Ov88Ot

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Improve your luck with the tow truck

So you were involved in a car crash and your car needs to be towed away.



You have rights, so don’t just sign any documents.



According to a statement by the Automobile Association (AA), over the last few months there have been several alarming stories of motorists who have had bad experiences with towing services and tow truck drivers.









In some instances, the drivers’ cars were towed away without their permission and in other unfortunate cases, the tow truck drivers allegedly acted in an unprofessional manner which resulted in the motorists having to pay excessive fees for their cars to be towed.





While these stories might leave some motorists feeling apprehensive, especially when looking at quotations towing services offer, it’s important for drivers to remember that not all tow truck drivers are unscrupulous. There are accredited service providers who adhere to strict rules and ethics.



Tow truck drivers offer a valuable service and if you are in an accident or break down on the side of the road, they are there to help you. However, it is important for motorists to know their rights so they are not pressured into signing an agreement which they are not comfortable with.



Before embarking on any journey, it is always important to be prepared. One of the first questions to ask yourself is: “Will there be towing services near me?”



Next, it is important to know your rights when it comes to dealing with tow truck drivers.



Helpful tips. Always carefully check any documentation before signing.



. It is your right to choose a tow truck driver who is a member of the South African Towing and Recovery Association (Satra) or United Towing Association of South Africa (Utasa).



. If you are insured, contact your insurance provider for advice or any other information you may require.



. If your insurance includes cover for towing, call the emergency assistance number.



. Make sure your car is taken to a repair workshop which your insurance has approved.



. Make sure you get all the relevant details from the tow truck driver (his name, the name, contact number and physical address of the company he works for, as well as the tow truck’s registration number).



. Establish exactly how much it will cost to tow your car before agreeing to anything.



. Remove all valuables from your car before it is towed away.



Read more: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Peoples-Post/improve-your-luck-with-the-tow-truck-20161121



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CAA wants tow trucks protected by right-of-way laws





The CAA says providing roadside assistance can be very dangerous for tow truck drivers, especially in the winter. (CAA)









Canadian Automobile Association wants the three Maritime provinces to include tow trucks in emergency vehicle right-of-way laws.













'We get a lot of close calls'










Including tow trucks in the legislation means that drivers of other vehicles could be fined for not slowing down, not passing with caution or not pulling over when a tow truck is providing assistance on the side of a road, explained CAA Atlantic spokesman Gary Howard.



"We get a lot of close calls on a daily basis and that becomes even more relevant in the winter when there's less space on the side of the road," he said.



"Working on the side of the road can be very dangerous for any emergency responder. Half of the calls that we're doing are on the side of the road, so we feel it's important for all tow truck drivers to have this included in the legislation."



P.E.I.'s Department of Transportation said it is looking into the request.



Newfoundland already offers this protection to tow truck drivers, Howard said. He added that Ontario has recently included tow truck drivers into its legislation.



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-caa-tow-trucks-1.3862102



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Been Towed in Hillsborough?

Hillsborough’s Public Transportation Commission can help consumers seek full or partial refunds if they have been wrongfully towed.



HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – You went shopping only to find your car had been towed while you were away.









What should you do?



If you think you’ve been wrongfully towed in Hillsborough County, the Public Transportation Commission says it can help. The PTC regulates for-hire transportation, which includes towing companies, and often assists drivers in Hillsborough County by investigating tow complaints.



The PTC asks that citizens who feel they were wrongfully towed call the PTC or file a complaint online as soon as possible. The PTC will investigate the situation to ensure that the tow truck driver followed the proper policies and rules and that it was a valid tow.



In fact, in some instances, the PTC has been able to get full or partial refunds for drivers. So far this year, the PTC has helped more than 70 percent of citizens who sought their help with getting a refund.



To avoid getting towed, the PTC offers this advice:



• Don’t park in a business’ lot if you are not patronizing that business.

• If you parked in a staffed lot, remember to grab the receipt.

• If you parked in a lot with an honor box, make sure you videotape or take a photo of yourself paying, so you have proof.

• Don’t block anyone’s driveway or business entrance when parking.



While these tips are helpful in trying to avoid a potential tow situation, the PTC also offers tips to help you if your car has been towed.



If your car has been towed:



• If you suspect that the tow was not lawful, call the PTC to report it before you get your car back.

• Take pictures of the area around your car. Take notice of any signs indicating that your car was illegally parked. If signs were not posted at every entrance, it was not a valid tow. All signs should list the tow company with a contact phone number.

• Tow truck drivers are required to have proof of the violation. If the driver did not take pictures of your violation, you may be entitled to a partial or full refund.

• Be sure to pick up your vehicle between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Otherwise, you will be charged a gate fee of $50 before obtaining your car.



The Hillsborough County Public Transportation is an independent Special District that regulates vehicles for-hire, which includes taxicabs, limousines, vans, basic life support ambulances and wrecker services that support government agencies. The PTC also helps consumers who have complaints with these types of services.



Read more: http://www.tbreporter.com/local-news/hillsborough/towed-hillsborough/



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Thanksgiving travel means plenty business for tow trucks

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- Thanksgiving traffic can be a busy not only on the highways and interstates, but also for tow trucks.













"You never know what's going to happen. I mean sometimes it's a little bit slower, steady or swamped," said Debra Ortega, tow truck driver at Island Towing.



When the calls start coming, it's because a car broke down, popped a tire or ran out of gas.



"They go by their gas gauge when it says they have so many miles left, they don't. They need to get gas before the lights come on," said Ortega.



As for Thanksgiving travelers, once the worst case scenario happens, they never forget.



"When I was little, my mom had a really old car and it broke down. We ended up having to drive back to my grandparents, get it repaired and then drive home," said Kristin Sandstede.



GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- Thanksgiving traffic can be a busy not only on the highways and interstates, but also for tow trucks.



"You never know what's going to happen. I mean sometimes it's a little bit slower, steady or swamped," said Debra Ortega, tow truck driver at Island Towing.



When the calls start coming, it's because a car broke down, popped a tire or ran out of gas.



"They go by their gas gauge when it says they have so many miles left, they don't. They need to get gas before the lights come on," said Ortega.



As for Thanksgiving travelers, once the worst case scenario happens, they never forget.



"When I was little, my mom had a really old car and it broke down. We ended up having to drive back to my grandparents, get it repaired and then drive home," said Kristin Sandstede.



Sandstede and her family are traveling from Omaha to Colorado for Thanksgiving. She said she makes sure her tires have enough tread, the oil is changed, and that her car is even washed before she hits the road.



"I don't know. My parents always said a clean car is always more visible on the road," said Sandstede.



If something bad does happen, Sandstede said she even knows who to call.



"I always have a list of contacts and a plan of who I would call, who's closest, kind of knowing where you're at and how far you are from your destination," said Sandstede.



In case all else fails and there aren't any mechanic shops open, tow truck driver Matthew Ortega said some drivers have even spent the extra money to have their car and them towed to where they need to be on thanksgiving.



"Most people don't have a lot of vacation time and when they finally have vacation and they break down, they want to get where they want to go," said Ortega.



With the winter weather beginning to set in, drivers should also have an emergency pack in their car at all times. Some items that are recommended are jumper cables, a flash light, as well as snacks and water.



Sandstede and her family are traveling from Omaha to Colorado for Thanksgiving. She said she makes sure her tires have enough tread, the oil is changed, and that her car is even washed before she hits the road.



"I don't know. My parents always said a clean car is always more visible on the road," said Sandstede.





If something bad does happen, Sandstede said she even knows who to call.



"I always have a list of contacts and a plan of who I would call, who's closest, kind of knowing where you're at and how far you are from your destination," said Sandstede.



In case all else fails and there aren't any mechanic shops open, tow truck driver Matthew Ortega said some drivers have even spent the extra money to have their car and them towed to where they need to be on thanksgiving.



"Most people don't have a lot of vacation time and when they finally have vacation and they break down, they want to get where they want to go," said Ortega.



With the winter weather beginning to set in, drivers should also have an emergency pack in their car at all times. Some items that are recommended are jumper cables, a flash light, as well as snacks and water.



Find original: http://www.nbcneb.com/content/news/Thanksgiving-travel-means-plenty-business-for-tow-trucks-402811696.html



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In train vs. tow truck, the train wins

According to Capt. Mark Pierce of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas, an initial four-car crash occurred nearby, which resulted in three people being transported to the hospital for minor injuries. As a tow truck was arriving to secure one of the vehicles in that crash, a passing train clipped the bed of the truck, sending a car flying. No injuries were reported from the second crash.




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Irelands confusing towing rules explained

Popular: Skoda Ireland says 22 per cent of its new cars in 2015 were ordered with factory-fitted towing systems Its common on Irish roads to see a car towing a trailer while clipping along at the 120km/h speed limit despite the fact that the legal speed limit for towing a trailer is just 80km/h. Speed is just one of the regulations concerning trailer use that are frequently flaunted. The laws and licensing for trailer use are complicated and at times confusing. The reality is that many drivers are towing trailers without the proper licence despite the risk of incurring penalty points and potentially voiding their insurance cover. With trailer use weight is the key. What can I tow on my car licence? On a standard B car licence you can tow a trailer that has a maximum authorised mass (Mam) of 750kg; this includes the weight of both the trailer and its load. (A trailers technical specifications are stamped on a metal plate attached to it.) You can also tow a trailer and load weighing more than 750kg as long as the combined weight of the vehicle and loaded trailer does not exceed 3500kg. A type 01 unbraked trailer does not need a braking mechanism. This trailer is likely to be small when it is empty you could manhandle it with little effort with usually just one axle. Can I tow a horsebox on a car licence? According to the Road Safety Authority As a general rule a category B licence does not entitle the holder to tow a horsebox or a livestock trailer because the combined Mam would exceed 3500kg. But this is not always the case. Again as long as the total weight of the car trailer and load carried does not exceed 3500kg you can drive it on a B licence. For example a Skoda Octavia family estate towing a type 02 trailer one with a Mam of more than 750kg with two bulls weighs in at 3085kg combined but the same trailer and livestock towed by a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV weighs in at 4440kg well over the 3500kg B-licence limit. Drivers of large SUVs on a B licence need to take care as their heavier vehicles can often push the total weight above the 3500kg limit then requiring a category BE (car and trailer) licence. This seems inherently silly as a large SUV would generally have more power than a car to make towing easier but thats the way the rules apply. Of course before you attach a hitch to a Ford Ka its worth noting the towing vehicle must be certified to tow the weight of the trailer and load. What if the vehicle trailer and load together weigh more than 3500kg and I dont have a BE licence? To gain a category BE on your car licence you must have a full B licence. You are required to get a learner permit and take a practical driving test. You must sit a theory test in category BW (if you havent already to get your B licence) to gain a learner permit. You must display an L-plate on the trailer and when practising with it must be accompanied by a driver with a full BE licence. Lessons are not mandatory for a BE test but the RSA recommends them. During the test drivers are given the option of reversing to their left or right around a corner. Can I use any trailer for my BE test? No it must be a permanent boxed trailer such as a horsebox at least as wide and as high as the vehicle towing it and at least 2.4 metres long. The trailer must be presented with 30 four-inch cement blocks as a load. What does a BE licence allow me to tow? With BE the trailer and load can weigh up to 3500kg and your vehicle can weigh up to the same maximum of 3.5 tonnes bringing the combined weight to 7000kg. A BE-licence holder can tow a car whereas a B-licence holder cannot. Can I buy a new trailer from anyone? Since late October 2012 the days of buying a trailer built by a local lad who is good with his hands are gone. All new trailers for sale must have European Community whole vehicle type approval. The National Standards Authority of Ireland is responsible for testing and issuing national approvals for trailers made in Ireland. The law is unclear on older trailers and their use but ultimately the driver is responsible for the safety of his or her trailer and load. An example of the scale of the towing market in Ireland is evident by orders for cars fitted with hitches. Skoda Ireland says that last year 22 per cent of the new cars it sold were ordered with factory-fitted towing systems. The benefit of a factory-fitted system is that its equipped with compatible electrics connections while the cars stability control and other driving aids automatically adapt to having a trailer attached. The cars alarm also recognises that a trailer is attached and monitors it; light bulbs in the trailer are monitored too; stop/start is switched off; and the ABS adjusts for the trailer. Factory tow hitches arent cheap but are worth it. Skodas start at 499 and rise to 899. We were invited to put our towing skills to the test at a novel event. We had a Skoda Octavia Combi (from 32710) to which we hitched a general-purpose twin-axle trailer. The first challenge was to collect and load a round bale of straw and then drive on a mix of roads. Securing the load in this case with ratchet straps is the responsibility of the driver. It is an offence to have an unsecured load. The motorway section of the route was incredibly dull as we stuck to the 80km/h car-and-trailer speed limit. At times we felt a little anxious as cars and buses would appear rapidly behind us and then overtake. Our trailer was braked so it had internal brakes that were applied whenever the car slowed down. The trailer was new so it didnt tug or jerk at all something older or poorly serviced trailers can do. At the end of the trip a car park was coned out and a number of reversing tasks were set for us by John Kearney an instructor with Hynes Quinn driving school. Professional training can make the difference between passing and failing your test. More often than not people tend to oversteer; with professional training you can get the best advice to get the trailer going where you want it to go he said. We managed quite well but reversing with a trailer is a skill you really only master with practice. Reversing a trailer is counterintuitive but once you get a feel for it your confidence grows. With a growing number of cars fitted with hitches taking to our roads its a skill that more motorists should formally learn rather than hope to pick up along the way. Read more:http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/motors/ireland-s-confusing-towing-rules-explained-1.2633473 Contact us if you need a tow truck Irelands confusing towing rules explained See more on: Apex Towing - Dublin Blog via Website Feeds http://dublin.apextowing.ie/irelands-confusing-towing-rules-explained/

2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Prototypes Spied Testing Towing Capacity

ne of the vehicles that occupy a position in the top three of our spyshots section this year has to be the next-gen Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The W464 prototypes seem to be everywhere these days and we're back with another piece of spy footage showing the offroader.






The video, which you can find at the bottom of the page, reveals a pair of G Wagons performing towing tests - both vehicles spied here were consciously handling their trailer duties.



The towing capacity of the next G is obviously an important detail and while we're talking weight, we'll remind you the Mercedes-Benz is expected to go on a serious diet. The new platform should allow the rugged terrain machine to become up to 400 kilos (880 lbs) lighter, all while growing in width, which will seriously boost cabin space.



Speaking of the interior, we've already shown you various bits of the dashboard, such as the instrument cluster or the rounded air vents - forget the digital craze taking over the car world, the Gelandewagen will stay true to its roots, maintaining analog dials.



Infotainment fans shouldn't fret, though, as the vehicle will pack the large 12.3-inch central display seen on the S-Class and E-Class, all without the add-on positioning of the current G-Class. In case you missed the leaked dashboard, you can find it here.



While the wild side of the rumor mill expects the G-Class to receive the 48V electric system that will allow the upcoming S-Class facelift to offer mild hybrid assistance, the rugged focus of the model could mean engineers will skip this feature for the once-military offroader, but it's still too early to tell.



And to end this story on a high horse(power) note, we'll mention that the automaker's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, in multiple stages of tune, will serve an important part of the new G-Class line-up, namely the G550/G500 and G63. So we''re not exactly dealing with a gentle giant here.





Read more: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2018-mercedes-benz-g-class-prototypes-spied-testing-towing-capacity-111337.html#ixzz4Kj3d5tGz



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