Special Favours: Two GTA OPP officers arrested for special treatment to certain tow operators

Toronto, Ontario — Details from an internal investigation from the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) Professional Standards Unit have uncovered that two Mississauga, Ont.-based police officers, Sgt. Terrence Reefer and Const. Roberto Visconti, were arrested for allegedly giving preferential treatment to certain tow truck operators within the GTA. The two officers, both from the OPP’s Mississauga […]

Professional Standards: PTAO pushing standardized towing regulations in Ontario

Thessalon, Ontario — The Provincial Towing Association of Ontario (PTAO) has confirmed details of an accreditation program for towers and tow operators in Ontario, the province’s first standardized towing regulation. Earlier this year, the PTAO board agreed to establish an accreditation program for towers and tow operators across Ontario. A series of recommendations were made […]

Price Spike: Mississauga, Ont. raises tow fees by 87.5 percent

Missisauga, Ontario – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is calling out the Mississauga City Council after an abrupt decision to increase towing rates by 87.5 percent on July 6. According to IBC, this brings the cost of the average tow in Mississauga to $750, up from $400. This is nearly twice that of other cities […]

Tow the Line: Ontario announces new tow industry rules

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Four sections of highways in the GTA will become restricted tow zones that allow only a single company to operate within those areas, according to new towing industry rules announced by the Ontario government Tuesday. The pilot project will run for two years initially, with the potential for one-year extensions after that […]

Tow the Guidelines: IBC praises OPP for new set of towing guidelines for Ontario

Toronto, Ontario – Towing services in Ontario are under a new set of guidelines from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the aim to provide clearer direction to tow operators, according to a press release from Friday. These new guidelines come after the Ontario government announced it would be establishing a task force to improve […]

Constable Corruption: OPP charge three officers with corruption to towing industry

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged three of their own veteran officers and suspended four others over allegations of corruption related to the province’s tow truck industry. They have also charged Sutheshkumar Sithambarpillay, owner of Steve’s Towing. All three are charged with secret commissions and breach of trust, while Bridle faces an […]