Drivers could pay more when police tow their cars

Proposed Modesto city fees for unclaimed cars with very little value, such as this one, will put an undue financial burden on towing companies, says Anderson’s Towing Vice President Duane Thompson.

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Drivers could pay more when police tow their cars

Proposed Modesto city fees for unclaimed cars with very little value, such as this one, will put an undue financial burden on towing companies, says Anderson’s Towing Vice President Duane Thompson.

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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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12 tips for safer towing on your holiday trip

Bear in mind that everything takes longer when you’re towing, so give yourself more room.

Johannesburg – Anybody who’s ever tried to reverse a trailer knows that towing is not as simple as it looks.

Yet if you have a Class B driving licence you can legally tow anything up to 750kg without any relevant training or qualifications.

Nevertheless, towing even a little ‘Ventertjie’ will affect the acceleration, braking and maneuverability of your car, and will magnify the effect of any mistakes you do make.

So we asked Masterdrive boss Eugene Herbert – who at one time held the world land speed record for towing a caravan, so he should know what he’s talking about – for his advice, and here are his tips for towing:

BEFORE YOU GO:

If you’ve never towed before, get some training; at the very least take the trailer down to an empty car park and get a feel for how your car accelerates, brakes and steers with it attached.

Check that the trailer is roadworthy; if it’s been standing long enough for the tyres to get really flat, their sidewalls may have cracked, and just pumping them up will just make them more dangerous.

Check that the bearings are well greased, especially on boat trailers or if you live near the sea. Then get one of the kids to stand behind the trailer while you check the tail-lights and indicators.

Weight – and weight distribution – are most important, especially the gross and tow bar weights. Incorrect weighting can cause sway, so distribute it evenly, with heavier items in front of the axle.

On a caravan, empty the water tanks before you leave and refill them when you get there – which will also ensure that the water is fresh!

Secure the hitch with a pin or lock and cross the safety chains under the tow-hitch in an X shape. That way, if the trailer or caravan comes off the hitch while towing, it should drop onto the chains, giving you a chance to stop the bus before it goes its own way.

ON THE ROAD:

Bear in mind that everything takes longer when you’re towing: accelerating, slowing down and overtaking, so give yourself more room and be aware of faster vehicles.

Take corners later and sharper to avoid clipping the curb with the inside wheel of the trailer.

Higher speeds increase wind resistance, stressing the car and and the trailer – and burning extra fuel. Moderate speeds give better control and reduce sway, so allow for extra time on the road and take it easy.

If the trailer does start to sway, don’t try to steer out of it; gradually slow down until everything is back in line. Sudden turns can cause more sway, and slamming on the brakes can cause the trailer to jackknife.If it happens again, stop and check the cause; you may have to repack the caravan or trailer to redistribute the weight.

Every time you stop for a break, walk around the trailer or caravan for problems. And every time you stop for fuel, check the tyre pressures; they will be higher than when you left because the tyres get hot while running, but they should be the same on each side. If not, you may have a slow leak, which will require careful monitoring.

Read more: http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/special-features/12-tips-for-safer-towing-on-your-holiday-trip-7128667

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COUNCIL VOTES TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘ROGUE’ TOW TRUCK DRIVERS

Philadelphia city council approved a measure on Thursday aimed at cracking down down on ‘rogue’ tow truck drivers.

That legislation is designed to reign in an industry that, some say, steals cars off the street through various, unscrupulous tactics.

An Action News Investigation exposed a number of shady practices earlier this year.

The plan would make tow truck drivers wait until a vehicle has a parking ticket before they can remove it.

Earlier in the day, independent two truck drivers lined the streets outside City Hall with their vehicles, blocking a lane of traffic.

They were there to protest legislation that they consider to be unfair.

The bill’s backers say it is a measure to crack down on rogue drivers, or private companies that remove cars that are not parked illegally.

“It’s hard to legislate for bad actors and we know that and we’re committed to working with the industry and, as a city, doing our part to come up with a better system. But in the interim, we’ve got to stop what we’ve blatantly seen, which is some folks stealing cars,” said Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

The measure passed 15-1 despite the concerted opposition from legitimate drivers and a key council member.

“I understand her good intentions, but the devil’s in the details, and these independent contractors who are tax paying, law abiding, non-predatory, are in business. As we try to fix something, they’re going to put them out of business,” said Councilman Curtis Jones.

“We do everything we need to do as far as paying L&I for our licenses, paying taxes, hiring people in the city of Philadelphia, and it’s pretty much going totally against us,” said Anthony Kitt of Kitt’s Towing. “We have no say and no option.”

Even high profile, long-established, big money tow truck operators were at City Hall to protest the towing industry reforms.

“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,” said Lew Blum of Lew Blum Towing. “They have us mixed-up with another part of the industry.”

The new regulations will be implemented fully in 30 days.

Read more: http://6abc.com/news/council-votes-to-crack-down-on-rogue-tow-truck-drivers/1646189/

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Philadelphia cracking down on predatory towing

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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,” said Councilwoman 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

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Philadelphia cracking down on predatory towing

(House of Digital/Bigstock)
(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,” said Councilwoman 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

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