Free towing, rides available for impaired drivers this weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) – Corpus Christi police will be out in full force this holiday weekend, and they are getting some extra help keeping drunk drivers off the streets thanks to a local business.

Apollo Towing Service and L&F Distributors have stepped in to assist police by letting people know there is a safer way to get home. For six years, their no excuses holiday campaign has been providing free tows and rides to drivers who may be impaired.

This weekend they expect calls to be at an all-time high.

Read more: http://www.kiiitv.com/news/local/free-towing-rides-available-for-impaired-drivers-this-weekend/379923916

The previous blog post Free towing, rides available for impaired drivers this weekend is republished from Apex Towing

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Ontario Increasing Transparency for Drivers Using Towing and Vehicle Storage Services

Ontario is reminding consumers that, as of January 1, 2017, new requirements are in place for tow truck or vehicle storage services designed to increase transparency and strengthen consumer protection.

The new changes will ensure tow and storage providers:

  • Have permission from the consumer or someone acting on their behalf before towing or storing a vehicle
  • Publicly disclose rates and other information such as the provider’s name and telephone number on tow trucks as well as in places of business
  • Accept credit card payments from consumers (and not insist on cash only)
  • Notify consumers where their vehicle will be towed
  • Allow consumers to access their towed vehicles to remove personal property at no charge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all business days
  • Give consumers an itemized invoice listing the services provided and costs before receiving payment
  • Disclose if they are getting a financial incentive for towing a vehicle to a particular vehicle storage facility or repair shop.

Protecting consumers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

Quick Facts

  • There are approximately 1,200 tow truck businesses, with 3,000 tow truck drivers in Ontario.
  • Sixteen Ontario municipalities currently have by-laws that license towing businesses.
  • The new rules are being brought forward as a result of changes made by Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act.
  • The province is also taking action to improve the safety of tow trucks and their operators by including tow trucks in the province’s existing Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration system as of January 1, 2017. This change will improve road safety through government monitoring and enforcement measures.

Read more: https://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2016/12/ontario-increasing-transparency-for-drivers-using-towing-and-vehicle-storage-services.html

Ontario Increasing Transparency for Drivers Using Towing and Vehicle Storage Services is republished from Apex Towing Swansea Blog

Chattanooga tow truck museum gets big boost from Miller Industries

Employees put massive trucks together in the large…

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Chattanooga tow truck-marker has presented a $30,000 gift to the the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, the Chattanooga-based museum that honors tow trucks, which were invented here.

In September 1995, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum opened to the public in downtown Chattanooga in its first permanent structure.

Chattanooga was chosen as the museum’s home because it is the birthplace for the U.S. towing industry. In 2003, the museum moved to a larger facility on Broad Street where it is now located.

Miller Industries, which announced that it was adding 150,000 square feet of combined space to its U.S. plants in 2016, is riding a tide of post-recession demand from tow truck owners and operators across the globe.

Miller Industries and the museum have a traditionally close relationship. Miller Industries hosts classes at the museum, the proceeds of which are donated.

And the Chattanooga tow truck museum celebrated the specialized vehicle’s 100th anniversary in September, which was sponsored by Miller Industries.

The 100th birthday celebration coincided with the Tennessee Tow Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Ernest Holmes in 1916 built the first tow truck in Chattanooga by attaching a rigging system to a 1913 Cadillac, marking the birth of the towing and recovery industry, according to Miller Industries. Holmes filed for a patent — the first of about a dozen — for his idea in 1917 and subsequently built the Ernest Holmes Co. here to make and market his tow truck.

The Holmes brand lives on as part of Miller Industries’ family of tow truck equipment manufacturers that also includes the brands Century, Chevron, Vulcan, Boniface and Jige.

“Miller Industries’ roots run deep in Chattanooga, and we are honored to share the centennial celebration of our Holmes brand with our friends and neighbors in the local communities,” Miller Industries’ President and Co-CEO Will Miller said in a statement released earlier this year.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/dec/27/chattanooga-towing-museum-gets-big-boost-miller-industries/404702/

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MMDA wants towing services privatized

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing the privatization of its towing operations by end-March 2017 to improve and “professionalize” its services.

According to MMDA officer in charge and general manager Tim Orbos, the terms of reference for the proposed privatization project were still being finalized.

At present, the agency has over 120 accredited towing companies. In June, it revoked the accreditation of Arcson Towing Services after some employees tried to extort money from a motorist. Later that month, 25 personnel from different towing firms were fired after testing positive for drugs.

Current operators can apply to take over the agency’s towing services, Orbos said. Revenues will be split between the winning bidder and government.

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/857271/mmda-wants-towing-services-privatized#ixzz4UAAGgJW3

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MMDA wants towing services privatized

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing the privatization of its towing operations by end-March 2017 to improve and “professionalize” its services.

According to MMDA officer in charge and general manager Tim Orbos, the terms of reference for the proposed privatization project were still being finalized.

At present, the agency has over 120 accredited towing companies. In June, it revoked the accreditation of Arcson Towing Services after some employees tried to extort money from a motorist. Later that month, 25 personnel from different towing firms were fired after testing positive for drugs.

Current operators can apply to take over the agency’s towing services, Orbos said. Revenues will be split between the winning bidder and government.

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/857271/mmda-wants-towing-services-privatized#ixzz4UAAGgJW3

MMDA wants towing services privatized was originally published on Apex Towing Swansea Blog

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a Le Mans throwback

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.

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a Le Mans throwback was originally published to Apex Towing Cork Blog

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a Le Mans throwback

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.

The previous blog post 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a Le Mans throwback was first published on ApexTowing – Limerick