Tow Industry Narrowly Escapes Costly Regulation Again

Tow Industry Narrowly Escapes Costly Regulation Again

  Greetings Fellow Industry Men and Women, Our last communication with you hopefully conveyed a State of the Union vibe.  I attempted to give you an account of what the Coalition had done while painting a picture of what may be around the corner.  At the risk of repeating myself I feel I must address…

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Big Changes at the Coalition

Greetings to all of my fellow emergency road service providers. As you may know we just held our election at our annual membership meeting, just in case you were not able to attend here is the scoop on some of the critical happenings in 2017 and the start of 2018. First, yours truly, (Craig Baker)…

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April 2017 – President’s Message

Hello Coalition Members Spring is upon us. Themes of rebirth and renewal often use symbols from the Spring season. After sometimes harsh winters, we look forward to a change in season and what Spring offers us. It seems fitting after over a year and a half of working on our training initiative with our partners…

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How to Kill Two Birds with One Stone

Servicing your motor club customer today requires an efficient business model. Your machine has to be well oiled to meet the demands of volume and customer expectations. Many of the motor clubs perform customer service surveys to let know how they are doing and of course you end up being the most important part of…

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U.S. SUPREME COURT DOES NOT OVERTURN CALIFORNIA TOWERS’ ABILITY TO CHARGE A CREDIT CARD SURCHARGE

Back in 2015, a federal court declared that California Civil Code section 1748.1, which bans businesses from charging surcharges on credit card purchases, was unconstitutional and unenforceable.  As a result, the ban on surcharges was lifted and California retailers, including tow companies, are free to offer dual-pricing.  Thus, you can charge one price for customers…

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CARB PROTECTIONS FOR TRUCKERS INCLUDED IN CALIFORNIA’S DIESEL & TAX BILL

After two years of negotiations, the California Legislature passed a 10-year, $52 billion transportation funding bill, SB 1 (Beall), on April 6th, which will raise $5.2 billion annually to fix the state’s roads and highways.  While the bulk of this money will come from diesel and gas tax increases, UCMCS is pleased to let you…

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CHP CLARIFIES NEW CELL PHONE PROHIBITIONS

Since California’s law prohibiting cell phone use while driving was amended last year with AB 1785, there has been some confusion about which devices towers are allowed to use while driving. The towing industry has worked with the CHP to help identify the parameters of Vehicle Code 23123.5. Accordingly, the CHP has notified their enforcement…

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President’s Message

Hello Coalition Members, As 2016 nears its final month It allows us to reflect back and gauge our accomplishments in the industry and our association. We also are reminded of the challenges that lie ahead, like the rising costs of insurance, a deficient driver pool, hours of service and the list goes on. I know…

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Word on the Street

By Sam Johnson Do you remember playing Slug Bug when you were younger? You know, the game where you spot a VW bug and punch the arm of your passenger who missed the opportunity to call it out before getting slugged? Or “I Spy”, looking for certain items along the roadside? For ten or more…

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