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Towing tips for truckers

September 5, 2018 by John Smith

We sometimes hear from drivers who have been gouged by unscrupulous tow truck operators. Unfortunately for commercial vehicle drivers, the towing industry is still largely unregulated. While consumer protection legislation may apply to the towing industry — as it does […]

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Sticker Shock: Let’s set a balanced price for towing

July 31, 2018 by John Smith

Some of my earliest work experience came at the benches of a shop that repaired small appliances and vacuum cleaners. And a fond experience it was. Even when off the clock, I loved hanging around the area behind the counter. It’s where the owner’s aging friends would gather to chew the fat over some chewable coffee, and I was welcomed as one of them.

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Highway Robbery: The push is on to tackle clearance practices, excessive tow fees

July 21, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Guy Broderick couldn’t believe the towing invoice that appeared in front of him. The task seemed so simple. An APPS Transport truck only had to be towed a single exit down Highway 401. The clean-up involved nothing more than a bit of coolant that had spilled through a failing lower rad hose. The tow alone cost $2,531 – and that’s after Broderick negotiated a $1,000 discount. The coolant cleanup was billed at another $2,260, which included a $2,000 flat-rated “environmental” fee.

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Outlook 2009

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A New Year’s look at trucking down the Trans Canada

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U-V Recovery?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

It might appear to some of us these days that all the economic science involved in predicting the behavior of medium-term markets is as conclusive as a childhood game of plucking rose petals: Recovery. Recovery not.