President’s Message

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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UCMCS’ Legislative Victories in 2016

UCMCS, with help from its legislative advocates Ellison Wilson Advocacy and other stakeholders, worked overtime this year at the State Capitol to defend the tow industry from the following potentially devastating attacks: AB 2167 by Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) was passed by the Legislature to address privacy concerns surrounding 2015’s AB 1222…

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How Training Can Ease Your Labor Problem

No matter where my travels have taken me over the past several years there is one refrain that continues to eco; “I can’t find or keep drivers!” From Palo Alto to Baltimore the challenge for suitable workers is to one degree or another a universal problem. I even filled in for a guest speaker in…

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UCMCS Summer Newsletter

Greetings Coalition Members, I hope you’re enjoying your summer. We are approaching two industry shows that your Coalition will be involved in so I would like to share the details, promote them and get your support. Craig Baker, VP and Michael McGovern of Tow Times with UCMCS President, Steve Sgarlato The Tennessee Tow Show –…

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We Took a Stand – and WON

UCMCS Members: We wanted to update you on a significant victory for the towing industry at the State Capitol. AB 2586, dubbed the “Parking Bill of Rights,” was introduced by Assembly Member Mike Gatto, a Democrat from Glendale, on February 19th, and included the following provision: “The owner of a motor vehicle is not required…

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UCMCS March 2016 News

Hello Coalition Members, My apologies for the gap in communications lately, I have been going through some business changes that have kept me preoccupied. One thing that hasn’t changed, like it or not, I’m still your President. I’m pleased to continue in this role and thank you for your continued confidence. As you know, the…

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AB 1222 – What it Means

UCMCS Members: We have received a number of calls from members seeking additional information on the requirements contained within AB 1222, a new towing law that went into effect on January 1, 2016.  Because of this new law, some dealerships and auto body shops are requiring that tow company drivers provide information, including driver’s license…

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November Coalition News

Hello Members, It’s been a busy month and with Thanksgiving upon us I’ll keep the November News short. Your Board met in Monterey this month to discuss year end items including financials, dues and accomplishments. I’m always amazed how synced up our board is when we meet to discuss issues, plan ahead and make decisions.…

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