Tow Professional

VOL6 ISS1 2017

Tow Professional is a comprehensive publication for the towing and recovery market. It is mailed directly to more than 29,000 decision makers including owners, presidents, CEO's and principals of towing companies throughout the United States.

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The Towing and Recovery business has grown and developed through the years along with its relationship with law enforcement and government entities. Because of our highly competitive mar- ket, we need to also grow our revenues through developing a new area of limit- less potential--spill containment. Let's take a look at how we got here, where we can go now, and how Hazmat Responder Network can help you do that increasing your bottom line. Towing and Recovery was a sideline business in the 50's, 60's and in certain locations into the 70's. Most Towing operations were born out of service sta- tions, garages, and body shops as a tool to retrieve customers' vehicles for repairs. Law enforcement realized the need to have these companies available for traffic accidents and impounds and would seek these companies out to have them respond when needed. Most of these arrangements were verbal in nature with no rates set to govern prices. As time passed and larger municipali- ties had more need for these services, towing began to grow as a mainstream source of revenue. This brought about competition and demands from compa- nies wanting police tows. Law enforce- ment, as well as, government entities became aware of legal ramifications in entering into agreements with companies offering towing and storage. Written con- tracts, fee or rate schedules, equipment requirements, and storage facilities became included in contracts for those qualified and wanting the business. 44 Tow Professional | Volume 6 • Issue 1 | Knowing Your Limitless P photo by Kevin Kelley / WestLife News By Perry Beaty

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