Status Report from Jeanette Rash, TTSA
This legislative session has gotten our attention very quickly. We have three specific bills filed already: HB338, HB356, & HB441. Until committees are set, the session will not heat up but when that happens, we will begin lobbying, which will last through May 31. TTSA will actively participate in the process, and may call upon some of you to come to Austin to testify or visit your state representative or senator specific to a bill. You have the ability to track bills by going to Texas Legislature Online and setting up your own tracking. I encourage you to do so and become aware of the process and how other politically motivated agendas can affect your business and your life.
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This article (PDF file) has been republished from Tow Times Magazine regarding the upcoming Supreme Court case. Click the link below to read it.
Arizona Real-Time Records Now Available
VTS Systems through its exclusive Texas Agreement with ADD has added Arizona motor vehicle records to its DMV123 search tools for qualified companies. With access to 27 state databases, VTS/ADD offers a single platform with access to more real-time records than any other company offering similar services.
Chattenooga Tow Show - Attendance Winner
VTS Systems announced the winner of the $100 attendance prize on September 15, 2012.
New Record Verification Process...
On Monday August 27, 2012, ADD, and users of ADDs services through the exclusive agreement with VTS Systems, VTS towing and VSF management software, will launch a new motor vehicle record verification system for Texas Tax Assessor-Collectors.
Texas Towing Company Wins "Shine-n-Star" Award...
Family owned and operated LW's Towing company of Frisco, Texas has won the prestigious 2011 Tow Times magazine, Medium Duty Shine-n-Star Award. The annual award for best looking tow truck promotes a "green" philosophy within the towing and recovery industry, encouraging company owners to renew, reuse and recycle. This year's medium duty Shine-n-Star tow truck is a 2007 Kenworth T 300 chassis with more than 106,000 miles on its odometer. Both the cab and the truck body display a highly visible checkered flag paint scheme which is both striking and promotes safety while operating at accident recovery sites.
VTS System News: No More Going to the Post Office!
September, 2010 VTS Systems, a division of Collision Management, and Auto Data Direct introduced an "Industry First" Fully automated electronic access to multi-state MVR's; beginning with 12 states and growing to 22 states as of April, 2011. The addition of new states continues, ADD project that we will have 31 states online by July 31. This instant access to multi-state MVR's and fully automated certified mail was made possible by collaborating with Auto Data Direct, the industry leader in electronic certified mail.
New Federal Regulations Impact the Towing Industry
US Federal Regulation designed to monitor the crushing or dismantling of motor vehicles went into effect for insurance carriers, salvage companies and the auto recycling industry in 2009. Known as the National Motor Vehicle Information System, (NMVTIS) now directly impacts the towing and VSF industry.