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Tow operators upset over Va-backed wrecker service

Friday - 7/12/2013, 12:38pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Some towing companies are crying foul over the state's new program to quickly remove wrecked vehicles from a critical stretch of Interstate 95.

In June, the Virginia Department of Transportation began using a state-owned rollback wrecker to remove disabled or wrecked vehicles off the interstate. Tow truck operators say the program unfairly competes with their businesses.

The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg reports ( ) that VDOT officials told the tow truck operators in a meeting Thursday they understood their concerns, but that the state's job is to make sure the interstate is safe and that traffic can keep moving.

The operators want a system similar to one in other localities in which private tow truck operators are dispatched along with police and emergency responders.


Information from: The Free Lance-Star,

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