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A Tow For Jack – October 20th
It was like any other day for Jack reporting to work with a smile on his face and ready to assist stranded motorists in the greater Indianapolis area. On September 1, 2017 at approximately 1:40am, Jack was dispatched to assist a stranded motorist on I-70 East at mile marker 78. While working to secure the disabled vehicle on the right shoulder a semi-truck failed to obey the Move Over Law, which requires all vehicles to slow down and/or move over to the next lane to avoid contact.
However, we know that not everyone pulls over and Jack Deaton was struck by a semi. Jack suffered the loss of his lower left leg and shattered left hip and well as a fractured femur, shin, and crushed ankle on his right side. Jack has returned home until his leg can heal when he will be fitted with a prosthetic.
Being in the towing business, we know the dangers of working on the side of the road better than anyone. As an industry, we want to do something to help Jack and his family on their road to recovery. ITWA is asking all towers – not just ITWA members – to make a tow for Jack on Friday the 20th. Leading up to the 20th – please pass this message around to everyone to help raise awareness to keep our drivers safe. We are requesting all towing companies to contribute the proceeds of a tow that day to Jack. The family has set up a go fund me page at https://www.gofundme.com/kzsp5k-jacks-family-assistance.
Draft Towing Regulations
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is comprised of legislators from around the country that serve on their insurance committees. They propose legislation that can be used as a model on a variety of insurance topics. One of the working drafts they are currently working on is titled “Model Consumer Protecting Towing Act” and it is being drafted by Rep Matt Lehman from Berne, IN.
Rep Lehman owns an insurance agency and has dealt with some questionable towing bills that have come across his desk over the years. He also had a constituent have a bad experience recently. ITWA contacted Rep. Lehman and he is willing to listen to our concerns and is open to making changes. He wants to have common sense regulation.
Please review the draft legislation and let ITWA know your thoughts – what do you agree with – what do you disagree with – what changes would you make? ITWA expects him to file legislation and that it has a good chance of receiving a hearing.
Please let ITWA know your thoughts by September 1 so that we have them compiled prior to our meeting with him in mid-September.
BMV Mechanic’s Lien Information
Below are the three forms that will be used for tows on or after July 1st, 2017
Abandoned Vehicles – Mechanic’s Lien for Vehicles Valued under $3,500: Click Here
Abandoned Vehicles – Mechanic’s Lien for Vehicles Valued at more than $3,500: Click Here
Mechanic’s Lien for Labor, Materials, Storage or Repair Work: Click Here
Old BMV Mechanic’s Lien Packet for vehicles towed between January 1st and June 30th, 2017: Click Here
HB 1511 has passed and been signed by Governor Holcomb! Read our detailed breakdown HERE
Click Here for a copy of HB 1511
Click Here for a complete list of tracked bills
Lake County Guidelines and Survey
Click Here for the Lake County Guidelines and Survey
ITWA Moves an IndyCar
How do you get an IndyCar into the airport? Through the front door or course. ITWA with the help of Cook’s Towing Service Inc. was proud to help move an IndyCar used to celebrate the inauguration of Eric Holcomb and his alma mater, Hanover College, to its new location at the Indianapolis International Airport!
The Indiana State Police have developed a “Daily Crash Prediction Map” that uses factors including time, weather and traffic to predict accident locations. This could be a very valuable tool for our tow truck drivers; take a look at the map below.
Move Over Indiana!
ITWA has started a new campaign to raise awareness of a little-known Indiana law. If you are driving and see a tow truck pulled off to the side of the road with lights on, you MUST move to the far lane, or if that’s not possible, slow down significantly. Let’s spread awareness to keep our tow truck drivers safe!
Helping out with the cause is easy. Just visit, like and SHARE our facebook page about the campaign, and feel free to share any personal stories or messages there. We are also looking for more content for the page- send us a message with any news articles or ideas. Thank you!
Thanks to the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization for making this great PSA, share this and their other great PSA’s with your friends!
FAST Act and Towing Rotation Rates & Electronic Logging Devices
How will these affect our industry?
CLICK HERE for the McGovern Law Firm letter explaining the change
CLICK HERE for the TRAA analysis of rule
CLICK HERE for the rule
If you would like to attend an IN-Time class please click here for registration information.
A clip from the Friday night Light Show