August 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CTTA ESTABLISHES THE TOWING REGULATORY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL (“T-ROC”) TO PROVIDE THOUGHTFUL AND BALANCED LEADERSHIP ON TOWING REGULATORY MATTERS IN CALIFORNIA
CHP Commissioner Farrow Pledges to Work with the T-ROC to Improve Highway Safety
SACRAMENTO, CA – In a historic vote, the Board of Directors of the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) unanimously agreed to form the Towing Regulatory Oversight Council, known as the “T-ROC”, in order to provide thoughtful and balanced leadership on towing-related regulatory issues by bringing together experienced industry professionals who reflect the diversity of the towing industry and who are committed to both protecting the motoring public and being fair to towing operators who provide the service. The T-ROC was delegated the exclusive authority to take positions on behalf of the Board on all regulatory issues that may impact the California Tow Truck Association and the industry it serves and to communicate those positions to the various agencies and branches of government, such as the CHP, CalTrans, ARB, DMV, the California Legislature, Governor, and local governments.
Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said, “The California Tow Truck Association has shown a long-term commitment to increasing professionalism and safety in the towing industry. The T-ROC provides an interactive forum for the CHP and CTTA to work proactively to address issues and concerns that ultimately will result in improving highway safety.”
CTTA President Sherry White stated, “Because the T-ROC is composed exclusively of a preeminent panel of towing experts whose collective experience and credibility in diverse regions and lines of business are unmatched, our goal is for it to be regarded by governmental entities as the definitive and unbiased authority on towing regulatory matters.”
In order to ensure the T-ROC is fair and balanced and reflects the experience, needs, challenges and unique circumstances of a broad cross section of the towing industry, the T-ROC is comprised of an equal number of experienced towing industry professionals, with a minimum of 10-years towing experience, from the Northern and Southern parts of California from the following categories: 1) Small Fleet, 2) Large Fleet, 3) Rural, 4) Motor Club, 5) Law Enforcement, 6) Heavy Duty, 7) Private Property, 8) Education & Training, and 9) Two affiliated towing organizations: The United Coalition for Motor Club Safety (UCMCS), and the Official Police Garage Association of Los Angeles. Consistent with its adopted T-ROC Operating Principles, by a 2/3’s vote the CTTA Board of Directors elected the following respected experts for two-year terms in their respective fields, which average over 27 years of experience in the towing industry:
Co-Chair North: Terry Warford, Jr., Dollar Tow Company, Sacramento, CA
Co-Chair South: Casey Horvath, Hamner Towing, Corona, CA
Motor Club North: Quinn Piening, Central Towing, Fremont, CA
Motor Club South: Jim Kruger, Expertow, Long Beach, CA
Private Property North: Burt Dean, Rebello’s Towing Services, San Jose, CA
Private Property South: Steve Hendrickson, Western Towing, San Diego, CA
Law Enforcement North: Tracy Koehler, Courtesy Tow, San Francisco, CA
Law Enforcement South: Jody Campbell, MetroPro Road Services, Santa Ana, CA
Heavy Duty North: Dino Tomassi, Finish Line Towing, Santa Clara, CA
Heavy Duty South: Greg Baker, Ross Baker Towing, Northridge, CA
Large Fleet North: Steve Sgarlato, Dick’s Automotive Transport, Campbell, CA
Large Fleet South: Dave McDannel, Dave’s Fleet Maintenance & Towing, Bakersfield, CA
Small Fleet North: Earl Peterson, Phil’s Automotive, Corning, CA
Small Fleet South: Arlan White, Patriot Towing, Colton, CA
Rural Area North: Rick Stewart, Buddy’s Auto Center Towing & Recovery, Willow Creek, CA
Rural Area South: John Coulter, Johnboy’s Towing, San Louis Obispo, CA
Education South: Jesse Enriquez, Girard & Peterson, Burbank, CA
Education North: Open
United Coalition for Motor Club Safety (U.C.M.C.S.): Dan Charlebois, B&J Towing, Rancho Cordova, CA
Los Angeles Official Police Garages: Jon Nissley, Kelmark Tow, Los Angeles, CA
T-ROC Co-Chair Casey Horvath said, “To make sure that the T-ROC positions fairly reflect a broad cross section of the California Tow Truck Association, the T-ROC may not take a position on any regulatory matter until at least three quarters of the Members of the T-ROC are in agreement. Additionally, to ensure there is no confusion as to the position the T-ROC may take on any particular issue, positions are required to be in writing, signed by the Co-Chairs and posted on the T-ROC website, www.TowingCouncil.com.”
The T-ROC held its first two meetings in downtown Sacramento in the summer of 2013. These meetings featured productive discussion on a wide variety of tough regulatory issues, as well as establishing the foundational structure of the T-ROC including setting the T-ROC General Meeting Rules.
The first inaugural meeting of the T-ROC on June 13th and 14th, was a tremendously successful experience in which procedural ground rules were extensively debated and finalized, and capped off with the T-ROC Members being formally introduced to CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow and his leadership team at the CHP headquarters.
T-ROC Co-Chair Terry Warford, Jr. stated, “As one of the tow industry’s most important regulatory allies and business partners, upholding a strong and trusting relationship with the CHP is a vitally important role for the T-ROC and the CHP personnel in attendance were truly impressed by the amount of towing experience and professionalism in the room, as well as the fair and reasonable structure of the T-ROC.”
The second meeting of the T-ROC took place August 1st and 2nd and during this meeting, the Council began to tackle – in-depth – a host of issues that affect the industry now and into the future, as well as identify matters that should be wrestled with going forward. The T-ROC also welcomed special guests from the CHP to continue discussions on regulatory issues facing the towing industry in California.
The T-ROC will next be meeting on November 7-8th, 2013 in downtown Sacramento.
The T-ROC will also be holding a Meet & Greet at the Western States Tow Show (Town & Country Resort, San Diego) on Saturday, October 12th, 2013. For more information visit: www.WesternStatesTowShow.com.
CONTACT: To learn more about the T-ROC, visit its website at www.TowingCouncil.com or contact:
Brooks Ellison, General Counsel & Legislative Advocate
Office: (916) 448-2187
Cell: (916) 204-0984