SARNIA, Ont. — Gary Vandenheuvel enjoyed watching the exploits of Jamie Davis on Highway Thru Hell, a reality TV show based on the same kind of heavy recovery operations he conducts at Preferred Towing. Then the phone rang.
TORONTO, Ont. — Mike Gomes, the vice-president of maintenance for Bison Transport, summarizes his fleet’s on-road repair process in six simple words: “Truck broke. Fix truck. Send money.” It’s a joke, of course, but there’s still a ring of truth to it. Each step in the process – especially as it relates to controlling costs – makes a roadside breakdown much more difficult to manage than work in your own shop.
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 […]
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.
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.
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association and Ontario Recovery Group are looking for an app-based electronic call system to help address incidents on the province’s 400-Series highways.
Ontario expands its Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration system to include tow trucks in 2017, although an “education” period will help to ease the rules into place. In the meantime, tow operators are still exempted from Hours of Service regulations and the need to pull into roadside scales.
TORONTO, ON — Highway Thru Hell offered many television viewers their first glimpse of heavy rescue operations, and now the producers are focusing cameras on one of the most hellish routes Canada has to offer — Ontario’s 400 Series highways.
Heavy Rescue: 401 debuts on the Discovery Channel this January 3, showcasing the efforts needed to keep traffic moving between Sarnia, Toronto and Barrie.
Hino Motors Canada has released its new high-horsepower model 258 low-profile conventional truck, aiming at the towing market
The Ontario provincial government is looking to develop a province-wide system to oversee the heavy commercial towing sector.
TORONTO, ON – Faster Clearance Working Group got together and identified where policies dealing with accident clearance on Ontario’s provincial roads could be improved. These are their recommendations.
A few tips to help you save some money, downtime and aggravation in a tow situation.