Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio / TRAO

Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio / TRAO T.R.A.O. is the largest and oldest towing association in Ohio.

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This event was a huge success in 2020, let's have fun and make it a huge success for the kids again this year !!
10/18/2021

This event was a huge success in 2020, let's have fun and make it a huge success for the kids again this year !!

This event was a huge success in 2020, let's have fun and make it a huge success for the kids again this year !!

If you are not already signed up, Hurry and get signed up!! This class was a great success last year and looking forward...
10/18/2021

If you are not already signed up, Hurry and get signed up!! This class was a great success last year and looking forward to this year !!

Hosted here at Millennium! A little over a week away! Get yourself signed up and don't miss this great opportunity for some formal training!!!!!

NEW TOWING LAWS TAKE EFFECT !!!!
09/29/2021

NEW TOWING LAWS TAKE EFFECT !!!!

1 Day Light Duty Class on Thursday, September 23rd. Click on Image for Full Details:
09/07/2021

1 Day Light Duty Class on Thursday, September 23rd. Click on Image for Full Details:

TRAO would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Representative Doug Green. We lift up Norma Sizemor...
09/01/2021

TRAO would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Representative Doug Green. We lift up Norma Sizemore Green and the Green family in our thoughts and prayers.

TRAO would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Representative Doug Green. We lift up Norma Sizemore Green and the Green family in our thoughts and prayers.

1 Day Light Duty Class on Thursday, September 23rd. Click on Image for Full Details:
08/26/2021

1 Day Light Duty Class on Thursday, September 23rd. Click on Image for Full Details:

08/19/2021

Just an FYI.... All Great Wolf Lodges are now cashless. You can charge food and drinks to your room or use credit/debit cards.

ATTN: OHIO FIRST RESPONDERS
07/27/2021

ATTN: OHIO FIRST RESPONDERS

07/14/2021

**TRAO REGION 6 MEETING SCHEDULED**

Date: 07/15/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Champps Restaurant
1827 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Members and Non-Members welcome to attend. There is a lot to discuss and your input is needed and valued. If you have any ideas for items that you would like for the Ohio Towing & Recovery Legislative Committee (OTRLC) to discuss, feel free to bring your ideas to the table! Your input is always appreciated!

07/14/2021

U.S. Regulators Seek Automated Braking Requirement for Heavy Trucks..............

In a reversal from Trump administration policies, auto safety regulators say they will move to require or set standards for automatic emergency braking systems on new heavy trucks, reported TheTrucker.com.

Regulators also will require rigorous testing standards for autonomous vehicles, and set up a national database to document automated-vehicle crashes. The Department of Transportation, which includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced the change in June when it released its spring regulatory agenda.

Previously, NHTSA had resisted regulation of automated-vehicle systems, saying it didn’t want to stand in the way of potential life-saving developments. Instead, it relied on manufacturers’ voluntary safety plans.

NHTSA proposed a regulation on automatic emergency braking in 2015, but it languished in the regulatory process. The agency says it has been studying use of the electronic systems.

A trade group representing independent big rig drivers argues the technology isn’t ready for heavy vehicles and can unexpectedly activate without reason.

NHTSA plans to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register in April 2022. When a regulation is published, it opens the door to public comment.

07/07/2021

*** All Tow Operators***

Sunday 7-11-2021, Towers will be meeting at 800 West 5th St., Cincinnati, Ohio at 11am for the final ride procession for Glen Ewing. It’s the gravel lot where we were for the light up. We will leave at 12:50 and head into Ludlow Kentucky to pass by the funeral home where the family will be. The only bridge we will go under has a 13’9" clearance that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Glenn Ewing, AAA of Cincinnati Driver! He lost his battle f...
07/06/2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Glenn Ewing, AAA of Cincinnati Driver! He lost his battle for life last night after getting hit yesterday morning while on duty.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Glenn Ewing, AAA of Cincinnati Driver! He lost his battle for life last night after getting hit yesterday morning while on duty.

Attention towers:Last night, a tower was struck in Cincinnati while loading a disabled vehicle.   The news stations list...
07/05/2021
Tow truck driver critically injured in West Price Hill crash

Attention towers:

Last night, a tower was struck in Cincinnati while loading a disabled vehicle. The news stations list him as critical. In support of move over slow down awareness, a group of towers is expected to display presence of Amber beacons at 9pm tonite at 800 W. 5th St, Cincinnati Ohio. Please try to attend and pray for this young man.

News story below

https://www.fox19.com/2021/07/05/tow-truck-driver-critically-injured-west-price-hill-crash/

The crash happened in the 4500 block of Rapid Run Pike around 11:50 p.m.

A HUGE WIN FOR THE OHIO TOWING INDUSTRY !!....If you wonder where your membership dollars go, it is to fight for the Bet...
07/02/2021

A HUGE WIN FOR THE OHIO TOWING INDUSTRY !!....If you wonder where your membership dollars go, it is to fight for the Betterment of the Ohio Towing Industry as a whole!!! Thank you to everyone who was personally involved in this victory as well as those of you who support the Ohio Towing Associations !!

06/16/2021

WooHoo! The Midwest Regional Tow Show is getting closer!!!

Just a reminder....... The contract for the ODOT TRIP Program is currently extended and only open until May 4, 2021 (1pm...
04/28/2021

Just a reminder....... The contract for the ODOT TRIP Program is currently extended and only open until May 4, 2021 (1pm).

Just a reminder....... The contract for the ODOT TRIP Program is currently extended and only open until May 4, 2021 (1pm).

2021 TRAO Sweepstakes !! If interested in tickets, please feel free to contact me! Thank you in advance for your support...
04/16/2021

2021 TRAO Sweepstakes !! If interested in tickets, please feel free to contact me! Thank you in advance for your support!

TODAY !! TODAY !! TODAY !!Is opening day for rooms at the 2021 Midwest Regional Tow Show. The fax machine is ringing off...
03/15/2021

TODAY !! TODAY !! TODAY !!
Is opening day for rooms at the 2021 Midwest Regional Tow Show. The fax machine is ringing off the hook! Such an awesome sound! Print your room reservations and get them in as soon as possible!
www.midwesttowshow.org .

TODAY !! TODAY !! TODAY !!
Is opening day for rooms at the 2021 Midwest Regional Tow Show. The fax machine is ringing off the hook! Such an awesome sound! Print your room reservations and get them in as soon as possible!
www.midwesttowshow.org .

I am so excited to be posting the 2021 Room Reservation Forms !!! You can either print it from here or go to www.midwest...
03/12/2021

I am so excited to be posting the 2021 Room Reservation Forms !!! You can either print it from here or go to www.midwesttowshow.org to print the form !! We will be accepting room reservations beginning March 15, 2021. Please give a different name for each room !! I look forward to seeing everyone this year! It's time to get back to normal life !!

I am so excited to be posting the 2021 Room Reservation Forms !!! You can either print it from here or go to www.midwesttowshow.org to print the form !! We will be accepting room reservations beginning March 15, 2021. Please give a different name for each room !! I look forward to seeing everyone this year! It's time to get back to normal life !!

02/05/2021

We just received this information and want to share it with everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends of Tim!..........

It is with a heavy heart to have to post this but our beloved owner of Monarch Recovery passed this morning. So for those who knew Tim let’s give him the send off he deserves. As a owner, fearless leader, mentor, friend, father, husband, and brother, among other titles he will be missed by all. This Saturday 10-12 wake @
faulhaber funeral home
7915 Broadview rd
Broadview hts Oh 44147
procession starts at 12
Staging location is
8000 Broadview rd
Broadview hts Oh 44147
Please have trucks staged prior to 1130

MAKE SURE TO PUT THE FOLLOWING DATES IN YOUR CALENDARS:MARCH 15, 2021- Room Reservations Opening DaySeptember 23rd - 26t...
01/22/2021

MAKE SURE TO PUT THE FOLLOWING DATES IN YOUR CALENDARS:
MARCH 15, 2021- Room Reservations Opening Day
September 23rd - 26th - Tow Show !!!!!
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE PLANNING THE 2021 TOW SHOW AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE !! PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING THIS POST!!
https://www.facebook.com/MidwestTowShow

MAKE SURE TO PUT THE FOLLOWING DATES IN YOUR CALENDARS:
MARCH 15, 2021- Room Reservations Opening Day
September 23rd - 26th - Tow Show !!!!!
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE PLANNING THE 2021 TOW SHOW AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE !! PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING THIS POST!!
https://www.facebook.com/MidwestTowShow

01/05/2021
Clearinghouse

Don't forget that the deadline for reporting is January 6th, 2021.

01/01/2021

TRAO would like to wish everyone a SAFE and Prosperous New Year !! Let's get 2020 behind us, achieve goals, stay safe and get ready to mingle at the 2021 Midwest Regional Tow Show in September !!!!!!!!! We can't wait to see everyone !!!

12/09/2020

*********TOW TRUCK PROCESSION************

I spoke with William Lippert's son, Jerry Dale Lippert and he informed me that his Father truly enjoyed the Tow Truck procession 2 years ago when Jerry's wife passed. Jerry would greatly appreciate it if anyone that has a truck available could give his Father the honor of a Tow Truck procession also. Details below:

Trucks to meet at Bill's Towing, Auto Body & Repair

9:00 A.M.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

115 Washington St
Salesville, OH 43778
(740) 679-2146

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Howard Eagan "Scooby".He fought a hard battle with cancer o...
09/21/2020
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Howard Eagan "Scooby".
He fought a hard battle with cancer over the past few years. Never to be forgotten.

09/19/2020

Congratulations to TRAO Vice President, Jeff Schaffer and his fiancee, Stormi on their upcoming wedding today !! May you both have many, many happy years together !!

07/25/2020

Funeral services for Eric Ackerman of Interstate Towing will be held *TOMORROW*, Saturday 7/25/20 with the LINEUP for the Funeral Procession @11am, and starting/pulling-out at 12-NOON.

Line-up location will be at the Erie County Fairgrounds, 3110 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH and traveling a route (yet to be determined) to the Toft Funeral Home at 2001 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, Ohio.

*** NOTICE FROM FAMILY ***
The family and company (Interstate Towing) has requested that ONLY the immediate family and company employees of Interstate Towing to go INTO the funeral home, due to the COVID crisis!
*** IT IS REQUESTED THAT YOU PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE FUNERAL HOME! ***

Those wishing to make an immediate financial contribution to his family, in memory of Eric, please direct such contributions to either his mother or the company. Checks should be made payable to either Interstate Towing w/Memo: Eric Ackerman Memoral Fund or directly to his mother: Kitty Olivares

Please contact Wayne Sweeney of Interstate Towing (mobile# 440-452-8022) for further info about contributions to benefit Eric's children and mother.

06/28/2020

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Cincinnati, OH
45103

General information

The TRAO is the home organization for the trade show Midwest Regional Tow Show. "A Family Towing Affair" The state associations of Kentucky, TRAK and West Virginia are integral members of the Midwest Regional Tow Show

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Thank you Bruce and the TRAO Board for posting various updates and info about the COVID battles. As well as on all the other items TRAO is working toward.
Has anyone used TowLien.com to start the process on vehicles not picked up? or do you use something different? Thanks!
Thanks for the cookie cutter at the Midwest Regional Tow Show! Burnworth’s Garage, Uniontown, PA
I have not received any information regarding the shipping information for my order, I responded by email but I’m not sure if it went to spam can you please advise.
TRAO is supporting HB384, a bill that would reduce the number of certified mailings required on private property tows from the current 3 certified mailings to 1, as it was for 30 years prior to SB 274. That is all the bill does. The used car dealers asked us to add mailing 1 regular stamp mailing to the bill. We agreed. It is a simple bill designed to save towers in our industry money, time, labor, and confusion. It will help keep towing companies compliant with the law by simplifying it. The bill does not change how long we must keep the car b4 filing for it, or anything else, just the number of certified mailings. The bill is currently in committee. In the entire state of Ohio, the only 2 who have opposed the bill are Senator Hughes, who is responsible for SB274, which he called the "predatory towing bill," and the other Ohio towing association, APTO. If u are a member of APTO, please call your board of directors and convince them that they should support this bill, which will do nothing but save the members of our industry time, money, and aggravation. I have spoken to several members of the APTO board and they say they are opposing this bill because that is what their members voted to do. I spoke to many APTO members who said they would never vote to oppose this bill. I have listened to the APTO talking points. They say we are opening up a chance for legislators to add amendments that will hurt us. I have been assured by our lobbyist that will not happen. They say we shouldn't ask to have this changed because we agreed to it in HB 341. It was put in place in SB 274, which we all agree was not entirely in the towers best interest. We have already and continue to change some of the negative things that have come out of that bill. APTO board members say the towers are getting a raise, as soon as the PUCO approves it. So, this bill makes the towers look greedy, because we do not want to spend an extra $30 to $40 on the 2 extra certified mailings required to obtain an unclaimed title. First of all, the raise is not enough, as I, Tim Duffy, and the APTO attorney testified to in front of the PUCO hearing last week. The APTO attorney actually used the required new 3 letter mailing as evidence that we should receive a larger raise. The fact that we haven't received a raise in over 18 years, the extra requirements, and necessary expense of new technology, should be enough reason to keep us from looking greedy. APTO board members say, APTO, (try to remember TRAO helped write the entire bill and helped get HB 341 passed) got the destruction only title put into law. The APTO board members say, " Just use the destruction only process to get your titles. It only requires 1 notice." What they don't tell u is, the law states the vehicle must be "impossible" to restore, in order to obtain a title for a vehicle this way. A low percentage of the vehicles we tow are "impossible" to repair. Most would cost way too much money to repair, but that is not the way the law is written. I fought against that language before HB 341 passed. Another reason APTO board members give is this is a consumer protection issue. They don't tell u, this bill changes nothing about the length of time required to store the vehicle. If someone is missing a car, he/she knows his/her car is gone. If he/she can not find the vehicle, he/she can call the police, the towing company is required to call the impound into the police. If someone else had the car, one certified mail is enough, 2 and 3 notifications changes nothing. The law says you can file 60 days after the owner & lienholder receive the 1st notification. It is my opinion( only an opinion) the reason APTO is opposing this bill is because they had nothing to do with it, so it will be harder for them to take full credit for getting it passed. In turn, if the bill fails, APTO will be able to say TRAO can not get a bill passed. This is such a simple and harmless bill, the only reason it might not pass would be because Ohio's other towing association, APTO, is opposing it. So, if you are an APTO member, ask your association to do what is best for the industry and support this bill, which will help its members and most towing companies in the industry. This is a chance to pass a good bill. Leave the egos at home. Don't just "not support" the bill, which was their earlier stance, until they saw the bill moving forward. Now APTO is actively opposing the bill. At the very least, demand your board of directors send a vote out to the members and let the members decide whether to support a bill that will save them money, time, and aggravation.
Harry Johns HELL YOU CALLL THEM A BOUT A ROOM THEY WONT CALL YOU BACK THATS WRONG
My name is Karen Ross... I have 3 question...Is there a law a towing company have to do a title search on car within 72 hours of towing the car? Are there different fees for car tow off a private property in Kentucky vs.Ohio if SD o what are they? Finally is there a law in cinti & Ohio that business has to post there fees to the public? Thank you for assistance. My phone I can be contact is (859)912-8405
One question I have is this legal to haul a vehicle like this on a rollback and if not where do I find the law or code either Ohio or fmcsa stating that it’s not
Any possibility of flatbeds heading to Texas empty connecting with state or local Farm Bureau to aid in transporting donated round bales to Texas farmers?