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This Innovative Tow Truck Can Steal Your Car in Under a Minute

This is both awesome and scary.

As a car owner, seeing your ride get towed away is one of the worst things you can experience. It’s your fault for parking in the wrong place, but still. Anyway, here’s a tow truck that’s so fast you won’t actually see your car being towed in the first place.

It was filmed outside an airport in Turkey, taking away an illegally parked Renault Clio. The Iveco Eurocargo carrier pulls up next to the Clio and two pillar lifts descend down to the road. The forks slide out and clamp the wheels, then raise the car above the truck’s chassis. Finally, the lifts slide across to the other side the chassis and the truck is ready to drive off.

The whole process takes precisely 60 seconds. Which isn’t even enough time to realize it’s your car’s alarm you can hear wailing. Instead, the owner will have emerged to find their car isn’t where they left it. Which is actually worse than seeing it being taken away. But again, it’s their fault for leaving it in the wrong place.

It's an awesome piece of engineering - I haven't been able to ascertain the manufacturer - but quite scary, too. Partly just because it's so effective, but also because there's not much you could do to stop criminals using it to boost cars.

I'm not aware of these being used anywhere other than Turkey; have you seen one in operation?

First seen: http://www.motor1.com/news/93990/watch-a-tow-truck-take-a-car-away-in-60-seconds-flat/

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Volkswagens Dieselgate Settlement Will Cost A Whopping $15 Billion

Volkswagens Dieselgate settlement with American owners of its cheaty diesel cars will cost the company more than $15 billion or five billion dollars more than was originally reported according to Bloomberg. More than $10 billion of that is slated just to go to Volkswagen owners. The reported settlement also leaves less than $3 billion left over in Volkswagens initial Dieselgate fund for pending legal actions and investigations in the rest of the entire world. Here are the financial details of how it will work: Car owners will get a total of $10.03 billion which covers both the value of their vehicles before the scandal became public last September and compensation payments of as much as $10000 apiece two people familiar with the negotiations said. Those figures could rise if VW misses certain repair deadlines. The compensation figure jumped over the past few days these people said as the parties changed their estimates on what it would take to get some 85 percent of owners to trade in their vehicles under the settlement. The rest of the settlement includes $2.7 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board and an additional $2 billion for research into clean-emissions technology Bloomberg reported. Theres a further settlement with individual states as well possibly to the tune of another $400 million. Theres also no exact timetable yet for when any of this will come to fruition or how VW owners will be able to make a claim for their cars. But as we said earlier today this is definitely not the end. There are still multiple lawsuits pending in many different countries along with pissed off shareholders and regulators. Not to mention any lingering depression in sales that can be attributed to the scandal. Read More:http://jalopnik.com/volkswagens-dieselgate-settlement-will-cost-a-whopping-1782703916 The blog post Volkswagens Dieselgate Settlement Will Cost A Whopping $15 Billion Find more on: http://dublin.apextowing.ie/ via Website Feeds http://dublin.apextowing.ie/volkswagens-dieselgate-settlement-will-cost-whopping-15-billion/

2017 Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition

2017 Mustang MSRP $24645 EXPLORE REVIEWS BUILD MORE PHOTOS 2004 Ford GT CP-1 Hennessey Performance 25th Anniversary Edition HPE800 Ford Mustang 1966 Ford GT40 Restoration Ford Mustang UK Police Car Ford GT carbon-fiber wheels Ford Mustang: 1965-2015 You didn't think you'd heard the last from Ford about its stunning victory at Le Mans did you? We're not even talking about the 2016 running of the 24-hour endurance race. No Ford throws it all the way back to 1966 for its new 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition. The black-and-silver livery recalls the GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon back in 1966. That year the No. 2 car came in first place followed by the No. 1 GT40 of Ken Miles and Denis Hulme and the No. 5 GT40 driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson. Each '66 Heritage Edition will wear Shadow Black exterior paint either matte or gloss finish with silver stripes and Frozen White No. 2 graphics on the hood and doors. The 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are done up in a gold satin finish. Ebony leather covers the carbon fiber seats inside with gold accents on the instrument panel seat X-brace and shift paddles. Blue seatbelts round out the homage to the 1966 racecar. Ford says the '66 Heritage Edition will be sold in 2017 only which makes sense. We wouldn't bet against similar special-edition offerings in 2018 '19 and '20 1966 kicked off four straight victories for Ford at Le Mans but if you like this specific livery you'd better get in line now. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery up top and feel free to read more in the press release below. All-New 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition Pays Homage toHistoric Livery on 1966 Le Mans Winner - All-new Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition with unique black and silver-stripe livery celebrates 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II race car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon - Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition honoring historic No. 2 race car limited to 2017 model year only - Limited-edition Ford GT features exclusive race-number graphics and unique interior colors materials and appointments DEARBORN Mich. June 27 2016 The all-new 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 part of the historic 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes and an exclusive wheel finish. "Celebrating the anniversary of Ford's historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT" said Raj Nair Ford executive vice president product development and chief technical officer. "The 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford's string of Le Mans victories in 1966." The Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition features a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The car sports Frozen White #2 hood and door graphics and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clearcoat with black lug nuts. The interior of the limited edition model wraps the Ford GT carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching and the seats' head restraints and the steering wheel are debossed with the Ford GT logo. The instrument panel pillars and headliner also features an Ebony-leather wrap with gold appliqués on the instrument panel the seat's X-brace and shift paddles. Like the 1966 race car the steering wheel is leather wrapped with seat belts featuring a unique blue webbing. Rounding out the modifications to the Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition are a unique serialized identification plate the #2 interior door graphic and exposed matte carbon fiber door sills air register pods and center console. Garen Nicoghosian exterior design manager for the car says the team set out to highlight where it all started with the Ford GT. "While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car" he says "we've accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation." The Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition can be viewed at FordGT.com using the configuration tool. Limited quantities will be available for the 2017 model year only. Read More:http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/27/2017-ford-gt-66-heritage-edition/ 2017 Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition is available on Apex Towing - Dublin via Website Feeds http://dublin.apextowing.ie/2017-ford-gt-66-heritage-edition/

Road crews, tow truck drivers hard at work after weekend snowfall

Road crews, tow truck drivers hard at work after weekend snowfall

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews have been out all night trying to clear the snow.

Tow truck drivers have also been hard at work.

Dozens of cars were stuck on the side of the road for slide-offs or crashes.

McDonald's Towing says when they saw the weather coming, they called in the troops, prepping for double the amount of calls they usually get.

"We tried to prepare better with scheduling employees and getting our trucks in line so all of them were in ready condition and ready for the storm," said McDonald's Towing Operations Manager Zach Clothier.

McDonald's Towing says they responded to about 50 calls Sunday night, and they didn't expect things to slow down.

They hope drivers keep safety in mind, before pulling off the road.

Read more: http://wwmt.com/news/local/road-crews-tow-truck-drivers-hard-at-work-after-weekend-snowfall

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Drivers could pay more when police tow their cars

Anderson’s Towing Vice President Duane Thompson, left, and Billy Myers of Myers Towing say new Modesto city fees will put the financial burden of unclaimed vehicles on them.

It could cost drivers a lot more when they get their cars towed after Modesto police officers cite them on suspicion of DUI, driving on a suspended license and other driving-related offenses.

Drivers now pay a $160 administrative fee at the Police Department to get their vehicles back. The towing companies charge drivers $215 for the tow and $39 a day for storing the car. But some of those amounts would go up under a proposal a Modesto City Council committee will hear Monday. The proposal is for a three-year contract between the city and the towing companies that would replace the current one that ends in April.

The Great Safe Neighborhoods Committee meeting is open to the public. The committee will not make the final decision on the proposed contract but could recommend the full council approve it.

Several towing companies don’t like other changes in the proposal, which include putting the responsibility of collecting the city fee and determining whether a vehicle can be released on them. Police Lt. Aaron Tait said Modesto is working with the companies to address their concerns.

But first the higher costs to drivers. The proposal calls for drivers to pay a variable administrative fee, from $160 for being an unlicensed driver or letting the registration expire to $250 for driving on a suspended license and $450 for a DUI. The cost of a tow rises to $220, but storage jumps to $65 a day.

Tait said he understands drivers don’t like paying these costs. But he said the California Vehicle Code allows cities to charge a fee to cover their costs.

He said the fees are based on a 2006 study that has been updated to reflect the department’s current costs. The update shows the Police Department could charge $391 to have a vehicle towed when officers arrest the driver. The breakdown for the fee includes the officer’s time on scene, the time to write a report, time spent by clerical staff, the time for supervisors to review the records and overhead. The breakdown even includes $3.35 for office supplies.

A city report says Modesto has charged $160 since 2006. Tait said Modesto has not charged what it could, in part because of the Great Recession and in part because of the city’s demographics. “We are not an affluent area,” he said. “We don’t want to punish first-time offenders.”

The administrative fees vary among neighboring law enforcement agencies. Stockton charges $188, Oakdale, $110, Turlock, $160; and Manteca, $225.

Tait said the most common reasons Modesto police have a car towed is the driver does not have a license or the license has been suspended. He said the police had about 2,700 cars towed in 2015 and about 2,500 in 2014.

The police have discretion in some cases when deciding whether to have a car towed. They can in some circumstances have a family member take the vehicle or leave it as long as it is legally parked in a safe area. Modesto defense attorney Aaron Villalobos said he is concerned that higher administrative fees could give police an incentive to tow more vehicles. “Their discretion is huge,” he said.

Tait said the proposed contract is expected to increase the annual revenue flowing into the Police Department’s traffic offender fund from about $300,000 to $500,000. But he stressed officers will not be more inclined to have cars towed. “That’s my direction when we roll with this,” he said. “You try every effort to get someone to pick up the vehicle.”

The proposal includes the towing companies using a software program from a company called Dispatching and Tracking Solutions and pay DTS $12 to $25 per vehicle towed, according to a city report. Modesto will not pay DTS anything. But the towing companies will no longer pay the city a $60 administrative fee every time they tow a vehicle at the request of the police. Tait said the DTS program would replace an antiquated 1998 system.

The Modesto Bee contacted the roughly dozen towing companies that contract with Modesto to perform these tows. Nearly all of them said they do not like the proposed contract. One declined to comment and a couple could not be reached for comment.

The new contract calls for a driver to pay everything he owes, including the city administrative fee, to the towing company. The company also determines whether the driver meets the criteria to have the vehicle released to him.

“I think they are placing the responsibility on our shoulders and it should fall on the Police Department’s,” said Mike Reeves, one of the owners of Scenic Towing.

Reeves is concerned about the potential for an ugly exchange between one of his employees and a driver. But Tait said police will train the towing companies on when they can release a vehicle. He said officers will give drivers whose vehicles are towed a piece of paper saying how much it will cost to get their vehicles back.

“We will let them know up front,” he said. “All the anger will be taken out on the front end.”

Anderson’s Towing’s Duane Thompson said the proposal puts the financial burden on the towing companies. For instance, he said, the companies have to pay the administrative release fees even if they do not collect them from the drivers. He estimated only about a third of drivers who have their cars towed retrieve them.

Tait said the towing companies don’t have to tow cars for the police. He added the companies can recoup their costs through what they make by selling vehicles that are not claimed to wrecking yards or to new owners if the cars are in good shape. But Thompson said Tait does not know the towing business. “We’ll sell some cars for $500 or $1,000 but also send a lot of cars to the wrecking yard for $100,” he said.

The committee meets at 5 p.m. in Room 2005 on the second floor of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/article120175793.html

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Tow trucks keep busy on terrible roads

KALAMAZOO Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Snow plows and tow trucks are out in full force across West Michigan. Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza caught up with some tow truck drivers working to clear drivers stranded along roadways. Phone calls have been pouring in to McDonalds Towing following the heavy snowfall around West Michigan where slick conditions and snow showers made for a busy afternoon and evening for tow truck companies. McDonalds Towing has responded to more than 150 calls following this weekend's snow showers and with chaotic road conditions tow truck drivers said they have to be especially careful because they can end up in an accident during a recovery. In this kind of weather with an influx of call they ask commuters to pay extra attention and make way for them. Zach Clothier the operations manager at McDonalds Towing said "We have large equipment lots of lights. If you can give us space to do our job and do it safely that would make us more comfortable on the road and most likely be able to do our job in a quicker response time." By 3:30 p.m. on Sunday McDonalds towing had responded to more than 50 calls and with the snow expected to continue throughout the night they don't see things slowing down. Spots on the roads remain slick and drivers should drive defensively but stay home unless you have to get out. If you do have to drive Michigan State Police has tips for drivers: Leave at least four seconds of space between you and the car in front of you. Be careful at intersections where moisture from exhaust can quickly freeze making these spots especially icy. Steer into the skid if you start to slide don't panic take your foot off the gas. Don't pump breaks - if you have anti-lock brakes do not pump them use firm pressure until you come to a stop Don't get out of your car stay put and call for help. Read more:http://wwmt.com/news/local/tow-trucks-keep-busy-on-terrible-roads Call us for all of your vehicle towing needs The previous article Tow trucks keep busy on terrible roads is available on ApexTowing - Cork via Website Feeds http://cork.apextowing.ie/tow-trucks-keep-busy-terrible-roads/

Weight distribution critical when towing a boat

Although most of us anglers live for the days we can take our boats to our favorite fishing holes and see what's biting, there's always a sense of relief at the end of the day when we safely back the boat into the garage.

That's because towing anything adds a profound element of risk to the driving experience. You might be cautious and aware while towing your boat, but that doesn't mean some knuckle-headed pedestrian isn't going to be looking at his cell phone on the sidewalk where you like to drive.

Just like in regular driving, while towing a boat, you'll occasionally have to stop short, change lanes and weave to miss obstructions.

That latter action can prove costly if your boat isn't fitted to your trailer properly or the gear you put in it for travel isn't forward of the axle.

The video above demonstrates why you want to put weight toward the tongue and not in the rear while towing.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/12/weight_distribution_critical_w.html

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Philadelphia cracking down on predatory towing

(House of Digital/Bigstock) Philadelphia is cracking down on predatory towing. Right now truck drivers in Philadelphia only have to take a picture of an illegally parked car before hauling it off to an impound lot. But thanks to a bill passed by City Council Thursday they'll soon have to wait for a police or parking authority officer to ticket the car first. For years city officials have received complaints from drivers who say their cars were towed from legal spots. "There is grand auto theft happening in the city every day" saidCouncilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez who sponsored the bill. But towing company owners argued that having to wait for an officer will cut down on the volume of their businesses. Anthony Kitt was one of several tow truck drivers from Philadelphia who showed up at City Hall asking council to delay the vote. "You have a bill being passed that goes against everybody when they know who the bad guys are" Kitt said. "The names have been blasted all over the news. They have video of what's going on. And you affect the lives and lifestyles of a lot of people behind the bad doings of a few." Instead of putting off the vote Quiñones-Sánchez agreed to delay enforcement of the new rule for 30 days once it's signed by the mayor. She said the city will create a hotline so tow truck drivers can call one of the nine law enforcement agencies authorized for ticketing illegally parked cars under the bill and get a faster response. "But in the interim the bad actors continue to steal cars and this is about protecting consumers right now" she said. All of the agencies involved will meet on Tuesday to get down to work Quiñones-Sánchez said. Read more:http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/99569-philadelphia-cracking-down-on-predatory-towing Call us if you need help towing your vehicle The article Philadelphia cracking down on predatory towing is courtesy of ApexTowinging - Galway via Website Feeds http://galway.apextowing.ie/philadelphia-cracking-predatory-towing/

City council passes bill targeting predatory towing practices

Bill 160682, spearheaded by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, requires towing companies to summon Philadelphia police or the Philadelphia Parking Authority to issue a ticket before hauling cars away.

The new law will seek to guarantee that vehicles being towed were parked illegally. But cars parked illegally at Philadelphia hospitals can be towed without police or PPA approval.

Tow truck drivers told 6ABC that the bill is unfair and punishes the towing industry as a whole, instead of punishing a handful of operators engaging in predatory towing or bait-and-trap schemes.

"How could those who do parking lot and driveway enforcement be predatory, when it's the property owner, or the management company, who is calling us to tow these vehicles," Lew Blum of Lew Blum Towing told the news station. "They have us mixed up with another part of the industry."

The big question that remains is how the city will enforce the new rule in 30 days. Truck drivers told NBC10 that they're not sure how long it'll take police to issue tickets or who even to call.

The city Department of Licenses & Inspection won't be able to handle the volume on its own, which is why the city plans on contracting with a third party.

The bill's passing comes months after numerous drivers said that they were victims of an alleged bait-and-trap towing scheme in South Philadelphia in August.

The story was similar for many – the drivers would park at a seemingly open spot on South Broad Street and Washington Avenue. But on their return, the car would be gone with a "no parking" sign from George Smith Towing suddenly in place where their vehicle had been parked.

Facebook videos posted by Chris Norman who lives above the allegedly targeted spot have documented a handful of incidents.

Read more: http://www.phillyvoice.com/city-council-passes-bill-targeting-predatory-towing-practices/

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