|Ottawa's top cop to towers: Slow down|
|News - Collision Repair|
|Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:19|
By Mike Davey
Ottawa, Ontario -- June 19, 2012 -- Two Ottawa area towing operators were recently charged with racing and had their vehicles impounded while trying to be the first to a crash scene. It's an unfortunately familiar story to many in the towing business.
Ottawa Chief of Police, Charles Bordeleau says that he understands that it's important for towing operators and emergency personnel to clear roads as soon as possible after a collision, but it cannot compromise public safety.
“I don’t expect tow truck drivers to race to the scene,” he said. “We want them to get there safely. It’s a concern for me. It’s totally unacceptable.”
Bordeleau has also said that he’s interested in seeing how the city proposes to regulate the towing industry. This follows a recent development in Ottawa when Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri said that he had asked city staff to examine the city's towing industry.
Ottawa's current regulations do not require tow trucks to be registered, there is no method for looking up service records and licenses aren't required.
Joey Gagne notes that this situation isn't limited to Ottawa. Gagne is the owner of Abrams Towing and the President of the Provincial Towing Assocation of Ontario.
"This is why we need provincial standards and provincial regulations," says Gagne. "This is not a local problem. It's provincial."
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:26|