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EMERGENCY ROAD SERVICE COALITION OF AMERICA GOES NATIONWIDE

Name change from United Coalition for Motor Club Safety reflects new goals and broader national commitment

CALIFORNIA, October 2018 – Since its formation in 2012, when a dedicated group of California motor club towers banded together to create the United Coalition for Motor Club Safety (“the Coalition”), the Coalition has successfully fought to improve working conditions for towing and recovery companies contracting with motor clubs, as well as ensuring the safety of the public that they serve.

Because of its success in California, the Coalition frequently received requests for similar help and guidance from towers throughout the rest of the country. Recognizing a need, the Coalition’s Board of Directors committed to restructuring the organization’s focus and framework to be able to provide greater support to even more towers. Part of these changes included a name change to the Emergency Road Service Coalition of America (still referred to as “the Coalition” or “ERSCA”) to better reflect the growing diversity of its membership.

“While we’ll never forget our roots as frustrated Californian motor club towers that fought together to better our industry,” said President of the Coalition, Craig Baker of Cupertino Towing, “we’ve learned some key lessons along the way that we believe can also help additional towing companies in other states improve their situations.

”Specifically, the Coalition has played a critical role in California politics, notably helping defeat or improve several potentially devastating bills that would have been crushing to the towing industry, including AB 1222 (Bloom) which would have authorized every city and county in the state to regulate and tax any tower that simply drove through its jurisdiction, and AB 2586 (Gatto), which would have required towers to provide free towing and storage to owners of stolen vehicles, amongst many other legislative and regulatory victories. Further, the Coalition has been involved in lawsuits that have reshaped the power dynamics between motor clubs and their contracting towing companies for the better. Additionally, in order to increase safety for tow truck drivers, the Coalition has been dedicated to developing improved training opportunities for drivers, including entry level online training courses.

Going forward, the Coalition plans to offer these same services and benefits to its national membership. In order to do so, the Coalition will continue to hire legal counsel, lobbyists, PR professionals, as well as work in closer alignment with the California Tow Truck Association, to ensure towers’ voices are heard and their rights protected, particularly as emerging technologies reshape the towing industry.

CONTACT: To learn more about the Coalition email staff@ersca.org.

Our Mission:

To facilitate and promote collaboration in the
industry, with a focus on safety and advocacy.

Coalition FAQs

QWhat is the Emergency Road Service Coalition of America?

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We are a membership organization that represents the towing and emergency road service community across America.

QWhat is the Coalition’s mission?

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To facilitate and promote collaboration in the industry, with a focus on safety and advocacy.

QHow long has the Coalition been an organization?

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The coalition was formed by towers to represent towers in 2012 as the United Coalition for Motor Club Safety. Recently we changed our name to the Emergency Road Service Coalition of America to moreaccurately represent our mission of representing Towers on a national level for all lines of business in the towing and Road Service industry.

QDoes the Coalition offer training classes?

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We offer an online driver training course designed to fill the gap between hiring a driver and sending them to hands-on training, giving them the confidence to succeed. For more information click on this link: http://ctta.learningcart.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=206

QWho makes up the governing body of the Coalition?

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The coalition’sboard is made up of 10 individuals whoare representatives or owners of towing and emergency road service companies.

QWhy have you taken a national approach?

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Because of its success in California, the coalition frequently receivedrequests for similar help and guidance from towers throughout the rest of the country. Recognizing a need, the coalition’s board of directors committed to restructuring the organization’s focus and framework to be able to provide greater support to even more towers. Part of these changes included a name change to the Emergency Road Service Coalition of America (still referred to as “the coalition” or “ERSCA”) to better reflect the growing diversity of its membership.

QWhat does It cost to become a member?

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Annual membership dues are based on your company’s monthly call volume.

Level 4 - $500/year (4000 or more calls/month)
Level 3 - $300/year (2000-3999 calls/month)
Level 2 - $200/year (400-1999 calls/month)
Level 1 - $150/year (below 400 calls/month

To view a PDF of our by-laws click here. If you would like more information, reach us at staff@ersca.org.