Taxi-tow service offers free rides to Huntsville drivers on New Year’s Eve

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — For the third year, the law firm of Morris, King & Hodge P.C. is sponsoring the Driver Safety Taxi & Tow Service on New Year’s Eve from 8:00 p.m.  until 3:00 a.m. and the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. The goal is to offer a safe alternative for drivers who might come into town for a night out with the intention of staying sober but then find themselves too drunk to drive.

You can call and schedule your free taxi and tow ride home by calling Barry’s Towing at (256) 851-9778. Tell the dispatcher that you would like the Morris, King & Hodge Driver Safety Taxi & Tow Service.

The rides are only permitted within the Huntsville metropolitan area. Barry’s Towing will only take you home, not to any other location.

Barry’s Towing is providing the free tow-rides. Carmel O’Steen owns the service with her husband, Jim. They know how heartbreaking a car crash caused by a drunk driver can be.

“A few years ago, we represented a mother whose son was killed by a drunk driver,” Attorney Joe King said about O’Steen.

King described the humility he felt when O’Steen asked how she could help others despite her own heartbreak.

“She said, what can we do to prevent these type of accidents, these drunk driving accidents where another parent doesn’t have to receive that call in the middle of the night that their child’s been killed by a drunk driver,” King explained.

That’s why Morris, King and Hodge, P.C. began sponsoring the “tow-truck taxi” service with Barry’s Towing. As part of the “tow-truck taxi,” the tow company puts the car on the back of the tow truck while the driver and one other passenger get in the front with the tow truck operator.

“In the words of the mother that lost her child, if this could help one person from having to receive that call that she received in the middle of the night, then the program reached its goal, and it accomplished what it set out to do,” King said.

Read more: http://whnt.com/2016/12/28/taxi-tow-service-offers-free-rides-to-huntsville-drivers-on-new-years-eve/

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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

Free towing, rides available for impaired drivers this weekend was first published to http://dundee.apextowing.co.uk/

Province revs up towing rules

The province is mandating new regulations for tow truck operators in the new year which will force businesses to follow new guidelines. The new regulations will be a welcome change for Greg Graves of Graves Towing who has seen his fair share of shady business practices. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

The province is mandating new regulations for tow truck operators in the new year which will force businesses to follow new guidelines. The new regulations will be a welcome change for Greg Graves of Graves Towing who has seen his fair share of shady business practices.

The days of cash-only towing bills or towing companies holding impounded cars hostage have gone the way of leaded gas.

Greg Graves of Graves Towing said the only companies negatively affected by the province’s new Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act that comes into effect Jan.1, will be the cowboys.

“For the regular, established towing companies, it’s no problem at all. But for the chasers, it’s a different story,” Graves said.

Graves said some of the new stipulations in the Bill – such as mandating customers have access to their impounded cars between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – are just good customer service.

“Even on Christmas Day, if we want to be here or not, we still come in to let them in,” Greg said.

He said he knows of several businesses that won’t allow people access to their own car after 3 p.m.

“While I’m not crazy about extra regulations by people who don’t know the business, there are some things in there that are common sense,” he said.

Barrie was one of 16 municipalities across the province that collaborated with the provincial government to renew towing regulations, said Barrie’s manager of enforcement services, Tammy Banting.

“Generally, I believe these changes (now province wide) will assist the consumers and the industry to ensure processes and information is provided in a similar manner throughout the province,” she said.

Banting said Barrie already requires tow-truck businesses to provide an itemized invoice, detailing the list and cost of services.

“The city of Barrie has always required, under our licensing bylaw, that tow-truck companies submit a list of rates and advise the consumer of such rates,” said Banting.

She did note the only change to the city’s licensing process is the current motor vehicle safety certificate, which will be replaced by province’s commercial vehicle operator registration in January.

“Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America,” Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said in a press release on Monday.

“By including tow-truck operators in the province’s commercial vehicle operator’s registration program, we are improving road safety and are ensuring that we are effectively monitoring and overseeing operators.”

With approximately 3,000 tow-truck drivers working out of 1,200 Ontario towing businesses, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says it created Bill 15 to strengthen consumer protection after a collision occurs.

“Our government is committed to protecting consumers at home and in the marketplace,’ said Minister Marie-France Lalonde in the release.

“Consumers in need of a tow or roadside assistance in Ontario can have confidence that the tow truck service helping them will do the work safely and will deal with them in an honest and fair way. Our new rules will help drivers make informed decisions when getting their vehicle towed.”

Lalonde said the new Bill will first and foremost ensure tow-truck companies have permission from the consumer – or someone acting on their behalf – before towing or storing a vehicle.

The tow company must publicly disclose its rates, and display its name and telephone number on the trucks as well as at their places of business.

Truck drivres must now accept credit cards and not insist on cash-only payments. And the Bill states customers must be notified where their cars will be towed to, and must be allowed to remove personal items from their vehicles on business days.

In Barrie, the Barrie Police Service undergoes a tendering process for police towing requirements, said Barrie police board chairman, Jim Dickie.

“These contracts usually are set for two years plus one option year,” Dickie said.

Through a private tender application, Graves Towing has been awarded the police services’ towing contract by the police services board for the past several years.

Read more: http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2016/12/28/province-revs-up-towing-rules

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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 article Free towing, rides available for impaired drivers this weekend is republished from Apex Towing – Dundee Blog

Province revs up towing rules

The province is mandating new regulations for tow truck operators in the new year which will force businesses to follow new guidelines. The new regulations will be a welcome change for Greg Graves of Graves Towing who has seen his fair share of shady business practices. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

The province is mandating new regulations for tow truck operators in the new year which will force businesses to follow new guidelines. The new regulations will be a welcome change for Greg Graves of Graves Towing who has seen his fair share of shady business practices.

The days of cash-only towing bills or towing companies holding impounded cars hostage have gone the way of leaded gas.

Greg Graves of Graves Towing said the only companies negatively affected by the province’s new Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act that comes into effect Jan.1, will be the cowboys.

“For the regular, established towing companies, it’s no problem at all. But for the chasers, it’s a different story,” Graves said.

Graves said some of the new stipulations in the Bill – such as mandating customers have access to their impounded cars between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – are just good customer service.

“Even on Christmas Day, if we want to be here or not, we still come in to let them in,” Greg said.

He said he knows of several businesses that won’t allow people access to their own car after 3 p.m.

“While I’m not crazy about extra regulations by people who don’t know the business, there are some things in there that are common sense,” he said.

Barrie was one of 16 municipalities across the province that collaborated with the provincial government to renew towing regulations, said Barrie’s manager of enforcement services, Tammy Banting.

“Generally, I believe these changes (now province wide) will assist the consumers and the industry to ensure processes and information is provided in a similar manner throughout the province,” she said.

Banting said Barrie already requires tow-truck businesses to provide an itemized invoice, detailing the list and cost of services.

“The city of Barrie has always required, under our licensing bylaw, that tow-truck companies submit a list of rates and advise the consumer of such rates,” said Banting.

She did note the only change to the city’s licensing process is the current motor vehicle safety certificate, which will be replaced by province’s commercial vehicle operator registration in January.

“Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America,” Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said in a press release on Monday.

“By including tow-truck operators in the province’s commercial vehicle operator’s registration program, we are improving road safety and are ensuring that we are effectively monitoring and overseeing operators.”

With approximately 3,000 tow-truck drivers working out of 1,200 Ontario towing businesses, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says it created Bill 15 to strengthen consumer protection after a collision occurs.

“Our government is committed to protecting consumers at home and in the marketplace,’ said Minister Marie-France Lalonde in the release.

“Consumers in need of a tow or roadside assistance in Ontario can have confidence that the tow truck service helping them will do the work safely and will deal with them in an honest and fair way. Our new rules will help drivers make informed decisions when getting their vehicle towed.”

Lalonde said the new Bill will first and foremost ensure tow-truck companies have permission from the consumer – or someone acting on their behalf – before towing or storing a vehicle.

The tow company must publicly disclose its rates, and display its name and telephone number on the trucks as well as at their places of business.

Truck drivres must now accept credit cards and not insist on cash-only payments. And the Bill states customers must be notified where their cars will be towed to, and must be allowed to remove personal items from their vehicles on business days.

In Barrie, the Barrie Police Service undergoes a tendering process for police towing requirements, said Barrie police board chairman, Jim Dickie.

“These contracts usually are set for two years plus one option year,” Dickie said.

Through a private tender application, Graves Towing has been awarded the police services’ towing contract by the police services board for the past several years.

Read more: http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2016/12/28/province-revs-up-towing-rules

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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 is republished from glasgow.apextowing.co.uk/

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 is available on Apex Towing – Edinburgh Blog