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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06/12/2024

As a direct result of TRAA advocacy efforts during our Hill Day and subsequent lobbing, the bill includes the following report language: Legislative Update: Congressional Language to FTC Regarding Tow

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dolores Mullins. Dolores and her late husband, Virgil Mulli...
05/16/2024

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dolores Mullins. Dolores and her late husband, Virgil Mullins, of North Dayton Truck Service have been members of TRAO for many years. Dolores was a founding member of WTRAO.

Obituary for Dolores Jean Mullins (Goode), 1935 - 2024 Dayton, OH. View ceremony time and location and leave condolences here.

Long time TRAO members Doug & Jenni Bevis of Bevis Towing, are asking for your support and prayers for their 4 month old...
05/06/2024

Long time TRAO members Doug & Jenni Bevis of Bevis Towing, are asking for your support and prayers for their 4 month old grandson who has been diagnosed with liver cancer. This little guy has a lot more things to accomplish !

Hi, my name is Kayleen and I am looking to help the sweetest family as they navigate… Kayleen Kramb needs your support for Please help baby Mason fight cancer

05/02/2024

Posting for TRAO Region 8 Director - Mike Rokiski of Milford Towing....

TRAO Region 8 Meeting will be held Wednesday May 8, @ 7 PM.

It will be held at Milford Towing located at
799 US 50 Milford Ohio 45150

Burgers, hot dogs and NON Alcoholic Beverages will be served.

AAA Cincinnati will be a guest speaker and is sponsoring the dinner!

Hope to see you all there!

04/30/2024

The board is meeting today in Columbus. What is something you'd like to add to the wishlist? What's your company's biggest headache? What's something you'd like to see changed in the industry?

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eugene "Gene" Moore of Kenworth of Cincinnati. Gene was alw...
04/10/2024

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eugene "Gene" Moore of Kenworth of Cincinnati. Gene was always willing to take calls during or after hours to help towers figure out any problems with their trucks. His knowledge was exceptional.

Obituary For Eugene Moore

Eugene “Gene” Moore Jr. entered the gates of heaven with his savior Jesus Christ on Monday April 8, 2024. Gene was born on November 17, 1967 in Hamilton the son of the late Eugene and Mary Lou (nee Broughton) Moore. Gene always looked forward to having special rides on his motorcycle with family and friends, he was the best jack of all trades and relaxed with a fishing pole in his hands. Gene was a family man who loved and adored his family more than any earthly possession, he lived for his wife, daughter and grandchildren. Gene was a loving man who shared his many talents by helping everyone he came in contact with, he had a heart for people and showed by his love and compassion by doing for others, he would put himself aside and serve with a servant’s heart to many in need, he had a heart of gold. Gene was a loving husband who adored his surviving wife and soulmate Tonya J. Moore of 34 years. Gene was a loving and caring father to his pride and joy surviving daughter Tamara N. (Donald) Adams, papaw to the light of his life Noah R. and Kinslee N. Adams. Gene was preceded in death by his father, mother, grandmother and a niece. Gene leaves behind many family members, many special friends and his spirit pet sweetie pie all who will miss him dearly, a void that just can’t be filled until we see you again. Visitation will be on Saturday April 13, 2024 at THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 3080 Homeward Way at Rt. 4, Fairfield from 12:00PM until the time of the funeral at 2:00PM with Rev, Larry Peters officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.websterfuneralhomes.co

The towing community in Youngstown, Ohio came together to help support the Boy Scouts of America Pack 9022. We had a bla...
04/07/2024

The towing community in Youngstown, Ohio came together to help support the Boy Scouts of America Pack 9022. We had a blast, and the winner was Carl's Towing out of Austintown. Nice job everyone, we'll do it again next year!

04/02/2024

As the extreme weather approaches Ohio, I am sending prayers of safety for each and every one of you that will be out on the roadways. Be extra cautious and get home safe !!

We'd like to take a minute and wish our President a very happy "80th" birthday! Happy Birthday Connie we appreciate all ...
03/22/2024

We'd like to take a minute and wish our President a very happy "80th" birthday! Happy Birthday Connie we appreciate all you do! 🥳

Now is the time to support your state association. A lot is going on right now. We are here for you.
03/09/2024

Now is the time to support your state association. A lot is going on right now. We are here for you.

Online Appplication Company Name* Address* Street Address Address Line 2 City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Country County* Email* Website Telephone* Fax Company Representative* First Last Spouse Year Business was started Number of Employees Other Association Memberships Please Check a...

Back from DC ! It was a very successful trip and many contacts were made ! The photo does not show the total amount of p...
03/08/2024

Back from DC ! It was a very successful trip and many contacts were made ! The photo does not show the total amount of people that showed to support the Towing Industry ! It shows the people from state associations that came to support the industry. We all gathered and split up to enable us to divide and conquer. There were well over 100 meetings with different offices of Senators and Representatives. The issues we were there to discuss were well received and I truly feel that our industry is better understood by so many more because of these meetings. Some of the legislative priorities that we addressed with everyone we met with were :

** To address and explain why Towing Fees are outside of the FTC's Scope **
We explained that Congress has already delegated regulation of towing practices and pricing - and it is NOT to the FTC. We also explained that TRAA has already been in communication and held meetings with FMSCA about a plan of action and resolution for this matter. The Towing Industry was thrown into the Junk Fees bill on February 7th during the 11th hour without consulting the Towing Industry as a way to slip it in under the radar.

** To promote Move Over Efforts **
We applauded and thanked Senate members for helping pass the Move Over Resolution through the Senate and asked all House Representatives to either Co-Sponsor or vote to push the bill through the House.

** Oppose Legislation that allows for Larger Trucks on Roadways **
We addressed the issues that the increase of larger truck size and weight would increase the threat to motorist safety as well as the safety of tow operators and all traffic incident management disciplines on our nation's roadways.

** Consider Towing Industry Concerns when Implementing Electric Vehicle Policy**
We addressed issues that our industry has with EVs from storage to contamination to hazardous health threats and asked that the towing industry have a seat at the table to address concerns and give input as the EV industry adopts further practices concerning EVs.

We had quite a few Representatives that came as guest speakers which were in support of our Industry. They were from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Committee on Rules.

My Takeaway...

I learned that the issues listed above as well as others have been being addressed even before they have been brought to the attention of the Towers and encourage all groups, organizations or individuals to work TOGETHER and UNITE for the good of the Towing Industry. It is not a matter of what group, organization or individual can say they WIN. It is a matter of uniting as one so that we may show our strength in numbers which will send a united message, which in turn will result in the "WIN" for the Towing Industry !!!

02/11/2024

For those coming to celebrate the life of Bud Rodgers- details are below.

Bud’s son would also like to invite those in attendance to a catered dinner beginning at 4:00pm on Tuesday February 13th in Vienna. The location will be announced to those attending both Monday and Tuesday as well as a takeaway with directions.

Family and friends may visit from 3:00-8:00PM on Monday February 12, 2024 at Packard Music Hall, located at 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW in Warren and from 10-11:00 on Tuesday February 13, 2024 at Packard Music Hall. Funeral services will follow at 11:00AM, officiated by Rev. Jim Baer.

After services, family and close friends will process to Trumbull County Fairgrounds where friends from towing companies, fair friends, police, fire departments, and EMS can line the midway for Bud’s last ride through the fairgrounds and on to his final resting place.

If you would like to participate in Bud’s final send off at the fairgrounds, please be lined up on the Midway by 12:00-12:15pm. Please enter through gate A off of Hoagland Blackstaub Rd where you will be directed on where to go. The fairgrounds will be open beginning at 9:00am on Tuesday.

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https://www.lanefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/harry-rodgers

If anyone has trucks available, it would be awesome to honor Bud Rodgers during his last ride on February 13th. Details ...
02/06/2024

If anyone has trucks available, it would be awesome to honor Bud Rodgers during his last ride on February 13th. Details are in the post:

To Our Family and Friends-

Please join us in honoring a person who was larger than life. Details are below of the timeline of events.

After services, family and close friends will proceed to Trumbull County Fairgrounds where friends and family from the First Responder and Towing communities will line the midway for Bud’s last ride through the fairground and onto his final resting place.

If you would like to participate in Bud’s final send off at the fairgrounds, please be lined up on the Midway by 12pm. Please enter through gate A off of Hoagland Blackstaub Rd where you will be directed on where to go.

Dinner and gathering of friends and family after the procession will be announced the day of the funeral as well as at the fairground.

The obituary and in lieu of flowers details will be shared within the coming days.

Sharing info for a tow truck procession for Bud.
02/04/2024

Sharing info for a tow truck procession for Bud.

To Our Family and Friends-

Please join us in honoring a person who was larger than life. Details are below of the timeline of events.

After services, family and close friends will proceed to Trumbull County Fairgrounds where friends and family from the First Responder and Towing communities will line the midway for Bud’s last ride through the fairground and onto his final resting place.

If you would like to participate in Bud’s final send off at the fairgrounds, please be lined up on the Midway by 12pm. Please enter through gate A off of Hoagland Blackstaub Rd where you will be directed on where to go.

Dinner and gathering of friends and family after the procession will be announced the day of the funeral as well as at the fairground.

The obituary and in lieu of flowers details will be shared within the coming days.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Bud Rodgers, long time TRAO member and great supporter of t...
02/02/2024

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Bud Rodgers, long time TRAO member and great supporter of the Midwest Regional Tow Show. He will be greatly missed. The following is what was posted from his family........

It is with great sadness that we let everyone know that Bud Rodgers has passed away earlier today unexpectedly. During this time we ask that you please keep Bud in your thoughts as he flies high with the angels.

We also ask for prayers and privacy for his son, Harry, his mother, Arlene, the love of his life, Merrilly, and the entire Rodgers family as they deal with such a huge loss and how to navigate this world without him. Bud was one in a million and the world will not shine as bright with him gone.

Funeral arrangements will be made and we will keep everyone updated as to the date and time of services. Thank you for being part of our lives and your support of Bud’s Towing. We will continue to make Bud proud.

This Bud’s For You.

02/01/2024

TRAO Region 8 will be having their first meeting of the year and asked that we post the following information:

We will have our First Region 8 TRAO meeting of 2024 on February 6th, 2024 at 6:30 pm at the Century Inn located at 10675 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215.

Please attend, You have a voice! Power comes in Numbers to accomplish positive goals for all.

Please feel free to forward to any Region 8 members who I have forgotten. We will be updating email addresses at the meeting as well.

Any questions please feel free to contact me!

Thank you,

Katelyn Boeppler
Fox Towing Inc.-Vice President
TRAO Region 8 Secretary

02/01/2024

Watch the meeting live if you can't join in person!

https://boxcast.tv/channel/bmm8u7ppiy5btjaofoyr

Live stream begins at 6pm! Ask questions in the chat during the live stream!

APTO, TRAO and Shumaker & Advisors will be discussing the steps planned to advocate for a PPI rate increase - and the Call to Action for Ohio Towers.

The PUCO did not increase the PPI towing and storage fees when the rates were reviewed in 2023. That means it has been 6 years since there has been a rate increase. The time has come for the Ohio Towers to take a stand and fight the PUCO results. The PPI Rate importance cannot be understated. Whether PPI Towing or Police Towing, the PPI rate must be addressed.

WHEN: February 1st, 2024
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Quest Conference Center - 9200 Worthington Rd, Ste 400 Westerville, OH 43082

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ray Drumheller (Drumheller's Towing & Recovery of Waynesbor...
01/31/2024

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ray Drumheller (Drumheller's Towing & Recovery of Waynesboro, VA). Information for the Tow Processional are in the post below.

On Saturday, February 3rd, a tow processional will leave Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville at 11:30am crossing Afton Mountain and coming thru Waynesboro on Broad Street at approximately 12:10pm, ending at Crossroads Baptist Church. This is the towing industry’s way of recognizing a fellow tower and showing honor for his service.

Also on Saturday, February 3rd, the family will receive friends from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Crossroads Baptist Church, 31 Crossroads Lane in Fishersville. A memorial service will follow at 3pm conducted by Pastor Heath Spivey.

https://www.thackerbrothers.com/obituary/Ray-Drumheller

Space will fill fast so there will be a live feed so that you can still attend if you can't make it in person. Bruce Ben...
01/24/2024

Space will fill fast so there will be a live feed so that you can still attend if you can't make it in person. Bruce Bender (Administrator) and Connie Rohrich (President) will be there and hope to see you also !!

Join APTO, TRAO and Shumaker & Advisors as we discuss the steps planned to advocate for a PPI rate increase - and the Call to Action for Ohio Towers.

WHEN: February 1st, 2024
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Quest Conference Center - 9200 Worthington Rd, Ste 400 Westerville, OH 43082

RSVP HERE - Event is free but space is limited. https://aptohio.com/events

The PUCO did not increase the PPI towing and storage fees when the rates were reviewed in 2023. That means it has been 6 years since there has been a rate increase. The time has come for the Ohio Towers to take a stand and fight the PUCO results. The PPI Rate importance cannot be understated. Whether PPI Towing or Police Towing, the PPI rate must be addressed.

January 24, 2024                                                                                                        ...
01/24/2024

January 24, 2024
To: ALL TRAO/APTO Members
Re: PRIVATE PROPERTY RATES/ PUCO - CALL TO ACTION

The PUCO’s recent review of the PPI rates was a disappointment. Unfortunately, the PUCO did not increase the PPI towing and storage fees when the rates were reviewed in 2023. That means it has been 6 years since there has been a rate increase. An increasing number of agencies are now incorporating the PUCO PPI rate as a reference point when negotiating police towing rates. Given its status as the sole statewide regulated rate, the PUCO PPI rate serves as a benchmark against which all other towing fees are measured and compared.

The time has come for the Ohio Towers to take a stand and fight the PUCO results. The PPI Rate importance cannot be understated. Whether PPI Towing or Police Towing, the PPI rate must be addressed. In November 2023, the TRAO and APTO Private Property Committee retained Attorney Steve Lesser to review the PUCO Case concerning the PPI rate review and suggest our path moving forward.

About Steve Lesser:

Steve Lesser is currently with the Benesch law firm but had a long career inside the PUCO as the Deputy Director of the Transportation Department, Administrative Law Judge/Attorney Examiner in the Legal Department, Chief of Staff, and then held a five-year term as a PUCO Commissioner. Steve comes highly recommended to work with the towing industry based on his extensive experience, knowledge, and capabilities representing clients through the complex regulatory processes of the PUCO.

Here is a link to Steve’s bio to learn more about him: https://www.beneschlaw.com/people/steven-d-lesser.html

Mr. Lesser’s recommendations:

Mr. Lesser is currently recommending two different options for Ohio Towers to challenge the PUCO’s decision to increase the PPI rate and has asked for a couple weeks to research each option:

1. Waive the Rule
or
2. A Self Complaint

Mr. Lesser could start as early as February 2024, but there is no estimate on how long it could take since it is dependent on PUCO case load. However, the goal of the industry is to challenge the decision and find a path forward to receive a fair and just review of the PPI rate we believe deserves to be increased.

Moving Forward...

TRAO and APTO are moving forward with Attorney Lesser. To make this happen, your help is required. Here is a breakdown of what is needed.

#1: Raise the funds to cover the legal expenses. We are estimating the cost to be approximately $50,000 for Legal Expenses. Money must be raised through donations to pay attorney fees.

• Funds must be raised by 2/12/2024
• All donations will only be spent toward legal fees, with receipt provided
• One company has donated $ 10,000 to get the process started
• TRAO and APTO agreed to equally raise $ 20,000 each

#2: Company testimonials from 4 companies
Mr. Lesser will need individual companies’ financial information to help demonstrate the negative financial impact of rising costs and the stagnant PPI rate. Although general financial information was provided to the PUCO, detailed financial testimonials from a few Ohio towing companies are needed to explain the negative impact more adequately. We must have companies in place by 2/12/2024.

For those companies that would like to provide this information:

• Company names will not be used, but referred to as Company A, B, C, etc. so no one will know the companies who participated.
• Companies will interact with Mr. Lesser directly with Attorney privilege protections.
• If PUCO requests to know the company names, Mr. Lesser will have the records sealed, therefore not accessible in public record. Mr. Lesser states this in almost all cases the names remain sealed.
• Contact: Megan Lashutka at [email protected] for more information

On behalf of TRAO and APTO, we appreciate your consideration to join the battle for an increase in PPI rates.

Please consider donating by clicking this link:
https://trao.org/donation/
Or
Mail Check to:
TRAO Legal Fund
500 W. Main St., Batavia, OH 45103

All money donated to TRAO Legal Fund will solely be used for legal expenses.

Questions? Reach out to one of the following:

Connie Rohrich- TRAO President – (513) 623-5594
Bruce Bender – TRAO Administrator – (513) 791-3555
Megan Lashutka – [email protected]

Nice to see the Ohio Turnpike advertising the SLOW DOWN/MOVE OVER law! 👏
01/23/2024

Nice to see the Ohio Turnpike advertising the SLOW DOWN/MOVE OVER law! 👏

Can someone please get this guy something to stand on?
01/21/2024

Can someone please get this guy something to stand on?

01/19/2024

Prayers for a blanket of safety over each and every one of you !! Please be safe and watch your surroundings !! Idiot drivers won't be watching for you !!

Fred House, Sr. age 73 of Hamilton, Ohio passed away at his home on Saturday December 23, 2023. He was born in Hamilton,...
12/27/2023

Fred House, Sr. age 73 of Hamilton, Ohio passed away at his home on Saturday December 23, 2023. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on May 8, 1950 the son of James Woodrow and Ada (Sargent) House. Fred was the former owner/operator of House’s Towing until his retirement in 2011. On May 17, 1991 in Hamilton, Ohio he married Lois Steele. Fred was a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge #17 and the Towing Recovery Association of Ohio for nearly forty years. Fred is survived by his wife of thirty-two years Lois House; two children Fred (Dottie) House of Hamilton, Ohio and James L. House of Bradenton Florida; one sister Juanita Combs of Trenton, Ohio; two grandchildren Nicholas and Trevor House of Hamilton, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Fred is preceded in death by his parents; his sister Sandra Clark and his brother James H. House. Visitation at Weigel Funeral Home 980 N.W. Washington Blvd Hamilton, Ohio 45013 Saturday December 30, 2023 from 10:00am until the time of the funeral service at 12:00pm with Pastor Kenneth M. Ogle of Twinbrook Hills Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Millville Cemetery. A Masonic Service and Scottish Rites will take place just prior to the funeral service at 11:45pm.

Tow Truck Processional:

Fred will be escorted to the burial site on a rollback with a tow truck processional following him. Tow trucks will be staged straight across the street from the funeral home. We do have a very large second lot if the first lot fills. Staging will start at 11:00 AM for those that wish to walk across the street and pay respects. The anticipated time that Fred will be loaded for his last ride is between 12:30 and 12:45 pm. Andrew Boeppler and Mike Rokiski will be onsite and available to help with staging. Andrew’s cell number is 513-641-8334 if you have any questions.

Merry Christmas to all the brothers and sisters of the industry. Stay safe and watch your backs out there.
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas to all the brothers and sisters of the industry. Stay safe and watch your backs out there.

Heaven gained another beautiful angel last night. Fred House Sr. of Hamilton, Ohio and former owner/operater of House's ...
12/24/2023

Heaven gained another beautiful angel last night. Fred House Sr. of Hamilton, Ohio and former owner/operater of House's Towing. Fred and his huge heart will be greatly missed by his wife, Lois House , as well as anyone and everyone that has ever had the pleasure of meeting Fred. Thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours !!

12/03/2023

Stay tuned .... Today at 1:00 pm we will have a Facebook Live Video to announce the results of the recent elections and present to you the 2024 TRAO and WTRAO Board.

We'd like to take a moment and wish our administrator/show coordinator, Bruce Bender, a very Happy Birthday! He is the g...
11/23/2023

We'd like to take a moment and wish our administrator/show coordinator, Bruce Bender, a very Happy Birthday! He is the glue that holds us all together. We love you Bruce! Have a great day! 🎂 🥳 🎉

Happy Thanksgiving to all the hard working towing crews. We hope everyone gets to spend sometime with family today.
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving to all the hard working towing crews. We hope everyone gets to spend sometime with family today.

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
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