PTAO to host 18th annual Tow Show in Markham

By Mike Pickford Markham, Ontario – August 18, 2016 — The Provincial Towing Association of Ontario is set to host its 18th annual Tow Show in Markham August 26 and 27 with event organizers promising a weekend jam-packed full of entertainment. Pitching up at the Markham Fairgrounds, the PTAO has already released a full itinerary for the […]

Still going strong: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the tow truck

Ooltewah, Tennessee — August 16, 2016 — It might be hard to believe, but the tow truck turns 100 later this year. Ernest Holmes built the first tow truck in 1916 in Chattanooga, Tenn., by attaching a rigging system to a 1913 Cadillac. People had towed vehicles before this, of course, but this marks the official […]

Montreal towers arrested in police raids

Montreal, Quebec — June 9, 2016 — A number of employees of Montreal-based towing company Remorquage Taxi Montréal are facing criminal charges after the Montreal police’s anti-gang squad conducted a raid on the company’s St-Michel office. Raids were also conducted on the South Shore and in Laval. The arrests were made in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and […]

Ottawa tower charged with stunt driving

Ottawa, Ontario — May 30, 2016 — An Ottawa area tow truck driver has been charged under Ontario’s stunt driving legislation for racing to the scene of a motor vehicle collision in Orleans. According to a statement from Ottawa Police Service, on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., the tow truck was seen traveling at […]

Canadian Towing Equipment hosts Tailgate Party to celebrate 25th anniversary

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — May 11, 2016 — Canadian Towing Equipment recently held an open house at its Toronto location. The event served a dual purpose, allowing the company to thank its customers for their business over the years and to show off the store’s recently expanded Parts to Tow department. Canadian Towing Equipment […]

Ontario’s Bill 15: Theory vs. practice

By Dylan O’Hagan Ottawa, Ontario — April 22, 2016 — Ontario’s Bill 15 focuses primarily on vehicle storage fees, but it’s also supposed to create greater transparency between towing companies and the consumer. However, ex-towing operator Derek Carr is hesitant about Bill 15. He says it’s a good idea in theory, but not so good in […]

Could towers be trained to provide first aid?

By Chris Gerics Peterborough, Ontario — April 22, 2016 — Tow vehicles and drivers are an important aspect of responding to traffic accidents due to their ability to quickly remove vehicles and debris from an accident scene. But what if they could do more? Derek Carr, who previously owned his own towing business, Phoenix Towing in […]

Towing company taking province of New Brunswick to court

By Chris Gerics Saint John, New Brunswick — April 15, 2016 — A towing company in New Brunswick is taking the province to court over a law obligating towing companies to pay for impounded vehicles on a day-to-day basis. Loyalist Towing Company, operating in Saint John since the 1970s, has reportedly been paying tens of thousands […]

Mississauga approves additional towing and storage regs

Mississauga, Ontario — April 15, 2016 — The city council of Mississauga has approved additional regulations and procedures including a vehicle towing and storage online software application and creation of a subcommittee with the mission of improving consumer protection and safety for vehicle towing and storage. According to an official statement, the subcommittee is to review […]

Towing legal experts launch new website

Kansas City, Missouri — April 13, 2016 — ​Lawyers Michael McGovern and Nicholas Porto have represented hundreds of towing companies and are also the authors of “Legaleze,” a legal column in the US-based publication Tow Times. The two have teamed up again to launch a new website, According to an official statement, provides access to towing-specific laws […]