New towing and storage rules now in effect in Ontario

Toronto, Ontario — January 1, 2017 — Ontario now has new requirements under the Consumer Protection Act, Highway Traffic Act and the Repair and Storage Liens Act. According to the government of Ontario, the changes are intended to increase consumer protection and road safety in the towing and vehicle storage sectors. The new requirements went into […]

MTO to allow ‘education period’ for operators to obtain CVOR

Toronto, Ontario — December 19, 2016 — Effective January 1, 2017, all tow truck operators in Ontario will be required to hold a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificate. However, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has announced that a new CVOR test has been developed specifically to meet the needs of the towing and recovery […]

Montreal’s Inspector General accuses three towing firms of collusion

Montreal, Quebec — September 27, 2016 — Three towing companies operating in Montreal have been accused of colluding to win lucrative city contracts to remove parked cars during snow clearing operations. Montreal’s Inspector General, Denis Gallant, says the companies colluded on a regular basis to win the contracts. The accusations were made in a report released […]

Canadian Towing Equipment launches new website

By Mike Pickford Ayr, Ontario — September 21, 2016 — Canadian Towing Equipment breathed some new life into its online platforms in early September, launching a brand-new website for its customers across the continent. Officially unveiled on Sept. 13, the new site goes some way towards bringing the organization into the new age of online technology. […]

MTO redefines tow trucks in Highway Traffic Act

By Mike Pickford Toronto, Ontario — September 20, 2016 — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has pressed forward with its plans to redefine tow trucks as ‘commercial motor vehicles’ in the Highway Traffic Act in a move that is likely to affect all those in the towing industry over the coming months. Announcing the change on […]

Two towers fatally injured over weekend

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario and Boucherville, Quebec — September 12, 2016 — At least two Canadian towers passed away during the execution of their duties in separate incidents over the weekend. Stephane Desrosiers was towing a fully-loaded cement truck on Highway 20 in Boucherville, Quebec on Friday.  His vehicle clipped a guardrail on the exit […]

Tower seriously injured in BC

Abbotsford, BC — September 5, 2016 — A driver working for Aggressive Auto Towing can expect a long recovery from injuries sustained while he was working at the side of Highway 1 in Abbotsford, BC. “From the reports we have, he has two broken legs, two dislocated knees, a large gash on the right side of […]

18th-annual PTAO Tow Show an overwhelming success

By Mike Pickford Markham, Ontario — August 29, 2016 — Over a hundred professionals involved with the towing industry took over the Markham fairgrounds this past weekend (August 26 and 27) as the Provincial Towing Association of Ontario (PTAO) hosted its 18th-annual Tow Show. Welcoming guests from all across the province, the PTAO provided the perfect […]

CAA and the Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) working towards safer roads

Thornhill, Ontario — August 26, 2016 — In an effort to improve road safety, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and the Provincial Towing Association (Ontario) are reminding drivers to make space for tow trucks stopped on the shoulder of the highway providing service. The reminder comes ahead of the one-year anniversary of changes to the province’s […]

BC company offering unique service to North American drivers

By Mike Pickford Kelowna, British Columbia — August 24, 2016 — A British Columbia-based collision reconstruction firm is seeking to expand its client base across North America after recently partnering up with another industry organization to develop a new, unique service to the public. Having established Crashtec Canada shortly after his retirement from the RCMP, Lee […]