News Bulletins and Important Updates


2015 WreckMaster Classes in Belgrade, MT

WreckMaster 2/3 class to be held April 23 and 24, WreckMaster 4/5 class to be held April 25 and 26, WreckMaster 6/7 class to be held April 27-29, all beginning at 8:00 a.m. Classroom work will be at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on 309 West Madison. Call (406) 388-7100 for reservations.

Contact Terry for more information at (406) 587-3831 or Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.




Update WreckMaster Classes 2014

WreckMaster 2/3 training class in Butte to be held April 10 and 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. Hosted by the Silver Bow Towing Association and MTTA. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Butte. Give Jay a call for questions at (406) 494-2818 or 490-1677. Contact Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.

WreckMaster 4/5 training class in Butte to be held April 12 and 13 starting at 8:00 a.m. Hosted by the Silver Bow Towing Association and MTTA. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Butte. Give Jay a call for questions at (406) 494-2818 or 490-1677. Contact Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.

* WreckMaster Class 2/3 ~ September 27-28 *

The Montana Tow Truck Association is committed to continued efforts to promote education and certification of tow operators in the state of Montana. Engaging with operators from all parts of the state and promoting classes that certify towers for the purpose of certification for annual inspections allows for the sharing of information with the new generation of towmen in the towing industry. This training is the start of the discipline that elevates the professionalism of towing in Montana.

WreckMaster 2/3 class in Great Falls, Montana.
September 27-28

La Quinta Inn & Suites
600 River Drive, South
Great Falls, Mt. 59405
406-761-2600

The WreckMaster 2/3 class will be a two-day adventure promoting the disciplines necessary to get the job done. Incorporating class room theory and principles along with the "all-important, in my view," hands-on training makes this class and training a valuable tool.

The training will be taught by lead WreckMaster instructor Don Cerovski who instructs classes from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Don's classes are the best!

To sign up, contact:
Joe Benski, Great Falls
(406) 564-5621
or
Terry Morrison, Bozeman
(406) 587-3831


WreckMaster Classes 2015 in Belgrade, MT

WreckMaster 2/3 class to be held April 23 and 24, WreckMaster 2/3 class to be held April 25 and 26, WreckMaster 2/3 class to be held April 2 and 24, all beginning at 8:00 a.m. Classroom work will be at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on 309 West Madison. Call (406) 388-7100 for reservations.

Give Terry a call for questions at (406) 587-3831 or 490-1677. Contact Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.

Update WreckMaster Classes 2014

WreckMaster 2/3 training class in Butte to be held April 10 and 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. Hosted by the Silver Bow Towing Association and MTTA. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Butte. Give Jay a call for questions at (406) 494-2818 or 490-1677. Contact Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.

WreckMaster 4/5 training class in Butte to be held April 12 and 13 starting at 8:00 a.m. Hosted by the Silver Bow Towing Association and MTTA. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Butte. Give Jay a call for questions at (406) 494-2818 or 490-1677. Contact Don Cerovski, lead instructor, at (406) 570-9510.



Training Update 2-27-14

In an effort to offer more opportunities to the membership of the Montana Tow Truck Association and the towing industry in Montana, we have expanded the list of authorized trainers/educators and testing organizations that will be recognized by the Montana Highway Patrol for training, educating, and testing entry-level personnel coming to the industry.

These organizations had to meet a list of criteria that was developed by the board of directors of the MTTA in cooperation with the Montana Highway Patrol. It took months of discussion to complete a list of criteria. The criteria needed to be fair and equitable and not favor or deprive an organization the opportunity to participate in the certification process. Throughout the discussion, it was the board’s desire for "hands-on training" to be a part of the certification criteria. Testing and theory without the hands-on element was just as bad as throwing a new man in a truck and sending him out into the world of wolves. We wanted to know that the training/education and testing organization would be teaching the basics of uprighting a vehicle, discussing safe-driving practices, and illustrating the proper placement of advanced warning devices in addition to other education. It was also important that a list of trained personnel and level of certification was maintained at an office that is open during business hours so that certifications can be verified by the Montana Highway Patrol. In addition to the organization having an office and materials for testing, theory, and hands-on teaching was the requirement for that organization to provide the Montana Highway Patrol and/or the MTTA with a company’s insurance policy number for liability and errors and omissions.

Each of a number of training/education and testing organizations was sent an application that was reviewed by the board of Directors. Completed applications were accepted or rejected on the organization’s compliance with the criteria adopted by the Montana Highway Patrol.

The Montana Highway Patrol will now recognize the following as training/educating and testing organizations eligible to certify entry-level personnel for that part of the inspection process.

  • WreckMaster (minimum level of 2/3)
  • Towing and Recovery Association of America (minimum level of Level 1)
  • Washington State Towing and Recovery Association ( minimum level of Level 1)

After completing one of these eligible programs, your drivers will be recognized as being certified in the State of Montana. It is our goal for the future to have reciprocation agreements with other surrounding states to recognize each state’s certifications. This is an effort primarily to increase employment opportunities.

If you know of a training/education/testing organization that is not on our list that might be interested in applying, have them contact the MTTA and they will be sent an application.

Please be safe out there!

Terry Morrison,
President, MTTA

2014 Towman of the Year. MTTA congratulates Joanne Blyton, (Interstate Wrecker Service, Billings), who was selected as Towman of the Year by American Towman Magazine. Click here for a video.



Legislative Update 2-10-13. The 2013 legislative session is starting out on a positive note. Senate Bill # 225 (SB-225) had its first hearing on February 7th in the Senate Transportation Committee. Thanks to Jim Dusenberry from J&D Towing out of Helena, Jay Richards from Red Wrecker out of Butte, and Kelley Hubbard from the attorney general’s office for testifying in support of SB-225. Very special thanks to Senator Elsie Arntzen for sponsoring and carrying this legislation. The legislative drafter that was assigned to our bill, Casy Barrs, also did a stand-up job. SB-225 now moves on to the House Transportation Committee for a hearing in the next few days.

Next week is going to be a challenge on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, February 14th, we will have three hearings on the same day: HB421, HB422, and LC1644. Both of the House bills concern abandoned vehicles.

One changes the 5-day period that law enforcement must now be notified before an abandoned vehicle can be towed from private property to 48 hours.

The other increases the methods by which we can receive payment for moving an abandoned vehicle by adding the Montana Highway Patrol and the DEQ to the list of agencies that can process the paperwork so we can receive payment from the DEQ.

LC-1644 (soon to have a bill #) changes the time that we have to hold an abandoned vehicle in our yards from 60 days to 30 days. This should help us dispose of these vehicles in a timelier manor. Representive Joanne Blyton is sponsoring and carrying all three of these bills though the House. I would like every one of our members to give Joanne a big thank you for her work and willingness to help MTTA with these bills.

The Department of Transportation has been working with a small committee to adopt amendments in ARM 18.8.519. These rules changes will be out for public comment in the next few days. MTTA has 30 days to make written comments. We will keep you up to date on these changes as they develop.

The board of directors for MTTA will be conducting its regular February meeting at the fire hall in Helena on February 14th. If you have any questions, contact the director for your area.



2013 Convention. MTTA's 2013 convention will be held in Butte.



Training Class 2013. Jay Richards (Red Wrecker, Butte) has organized a WreckMaster 6/7 training class in Butte to be held April 10-13. Don Cerovski will be the lead instructor. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Butte. Special room rate is available at $79.00 per night. Give Jay a call for questions at (406) 494-2818 or 490-1677. Contact Don at (406) 570-9510.



Training Class 2013. WreckMaster 4/5 training class in Bozeman to be held April 14 and 15. Hosted by Terry Morrison. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Bozeman. Give Terry a call for questions at (406) 587-3831. Contact Don at (406) 570-9510.



Training Class 2013. WreckMaster 2/3 training class in Bozeman to be held April 12 and 13. Hosted by Terry Morrison. Classroom work will be at the Comfort Inn in Bozeman. Give Terry a call for questions at (406) 587-3831. Contact Don at (406) 570-9510.



MHP Tow Truck Inspection. Click here for the MHP Tow Truck Inspection process checklist.



Training. April 20th. One-day school at Clark's Towing in Issaquah. The perfect school for the new driver or a refresher for any driver who has not been to a school for a while. One day, $25.00 dollars for member companies, and lunch is included. Register by going online to www.towingandrecovery.net, scroll down to the bottom right side of the page for all your registration forms, then email or fax the form to the towing and recovery office at 1-509-782-7108.



Training. April 15th and 16th. Two-day light-duty school at Rouse's Towing in Spokane. There are still a few spots left for ur first LD school of the year. Don't miss this chance, especially if you are east of the Cascades, to get your driver trained in the latest technology and safety issues. Register by going online to www.towingandrecovery.net, scroll down to the bottom right side of the page for all your registration forms, then email or fax the form to the towing and recovery office at 1-509-782-7108.



The Watch List from MTTA lobbyist Bob Gilbert 3-16-11. Click here to view.



Training.  The first one-day school (and only Saturday one-day school) is coming up on March 19th, 2011, at Nisqually Towing north of Olympia. Also, our first light-duty school of the year is April 15 and 16 at Rouse’s Towing in Spokane. Idaho associate members and members of the Montana Tow Truck Association members get the TRAW member price, which saves you $125.00 per student. Click here to visit TRAA for a registration form and more information on these and other TRAW schools set for this year.



Wreckmaster.  There is an upcoming WreckMaster class running from April 14th through the 17th. Click here for a flyer with more information.



The Watch List from MTTA lobbyist Bob Gilbert 3-16-11. Click here to view.



The Watch List from MTTA lobbyist Bob Gilbert 2-21-11. Click here to view.



Drawing for a Towmate.  Register before February 28, 2011, at www.purposewrecker.com/subscribe.php to be entered into a drawing to win a new LED wireless Towmate.



Florida Tow Show is coming up April 14–17, 2011, in Orlando.. Click here for more information.



Current text of House Bill 523 – An Act Generally Revising the Montana Professional Tow Truck Act. You may download it by clicking here.

Current text of House Bill 401 – Revise definition of rotation area in tow truck act. You may download it by clicking here.

Current text of Senate Bill 258 – An Act Revising Tow Truck Laws. You may download it by clicking here.



Performance audit of the Montana Professional Tow Truck Act managed by the Montana Highway Patrol. This audit has been released. You may download it by clicking here.



MTTA 2010 Tow Show MTTA's 2010 Tow Show and Parade in Great Falls was great fun. We'll let you know when and where next year's convention will be ASAP.



5-10-2010 Alert: Short notice but Mike Walker of the Washington Towing & Recovery Association notified MTTA five minutes ago that there are openings in a 6-hour training class on the 12th of May, 2010. The cost for MTTA members will be $25. It will take place in Spokane and more information can be obtained by calling 1-877-600-8729. Washington towers must have four hours of training prior to the 1st of June to tow for the state police. This class did not fill as expected and so the Association opted to accept Idaho and Montana towers. You'll receive the training, lunch, and a certificate.



Please note: At the moment, the MTTA website just underwent a major revamp and I could use your help. Please email me if you find anything missing, a broken link, any problems with the site, and if you have a suggestion. Thank you!




Upcoming Conventions

Tow Expo International ~ George R. Brown Conventino Center, Houston, Texas. April 29-May 1.

MTTA 2010 Annual Trade Show & Convention ~ Great Falls. September 15-16.

2010 American Towman Exposition ~ Baltimore Convention Center, Maryland. November 19-21.