Garden State Towing Association, Inc.

logo Welcome to the Garden State Towing Association, or GSTA. The GSTA was founded in 1987 and remains dedicated to being the voice of New Jersey's towing industry since 1987. On this site you will find all sorts of helpful resources for towing professionals, as well as a list of GSTA certified members. Please review the information provided on this site, and if it is helpful to you, we'd love to have you on our team!


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Governor Christie Signs S-3459/A- 5329 Into Law

On Monday, prior to the end of his term, Governor Chris Christie signed S-3459/A- 5329 into law, effective immediately. The law amends the Predatory Towing Prevention Act as it applies to law enforcement tows by exempting law enforcement officers and towing companies from certain provisions of the Act.

In its previous language, it has been recently determined by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs (NJDOC) that the Predatory Towing Prevention Act, passed in April of 2009, prohibited towers from charging certain fees permitted by municipal and/or state code when requested by such agency. Unfortunately, this was not one of the original intentions of the Predatory Towing Prevention Act and several towers were punished and fined by the NJDOC as a result. The new bill exempts any non-consent law enforcement officer of the State, or political subdivision of the State, who authorizes the towing of a vehicle.

All other private property towing regulations in the Predatory Towing Act remain in effect. “The changes in the law re-establish the authority to regulate towing ordinances and operating procedures in the hands of municipal and state police” said GSTA President and Legislative Chair John Glass.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Senator Paul Sarlo for sponsoring the bill and spearheading its passage, as well as Senator Bob Gordon for co-sponsoring. Congratulations and many thanks to the GSTA Executive Board Members John Glass, Rick Malanga, Dennis Boyce, and Michael Salemme for their time, dedication, and hard work on this matter. We appreciate the efforts of the many individuals, groups, and legislators that worked to see this to fruition, including GSTA members Nick Testa of Nick’s Towing Service, John Salemme of Bergen Brookside Towing, and Greg Makroulakis of ABC Towing, and Sal Risalvato of New Jersey Gasoline Retailers.

The bill may be viewed at

The Garden State Towing Association is the recognized towing association of New Jersey, as well as the only New Jersey state towing association affiliated with the national Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and the Conference of Northeast Towing Associations (CNTA). GSTA represents the interests of over two hundred companies in New Jersey.

GSTA Bylaws

Article XI Record Date
For voting purposes, the record date for determining members shall be 30 days prior to the meeting wherein an election is to be held or any other action is to take place requiring a vote of the membership.



We are very aware of the issues many of you are dealing with from the Division of Consumer Affairs. After working within the guidelines of the act since its inception, there appears to be a new interpretation of these rules. We have contacted the Director Steve Lee and are setting up a meeting with him.


Again, we are facing different interpretations of this process from agencies all over the state. We have requested a meeting with the Commissioner Raymond Martinez.


We have a meeting scheduled with the Insurance Commissioners office to discuss the issue of underinsured trucks and getting paid for incidents. If you have questions or comments PLEASE put them in writing and email or fax them to the GSTA office. Please be patient as we work to get answers and resolve these issues. We will keep you informed.


NJTA needs to open the comment period on the revised towing rates rulemaking notice for another 30 days, to insure compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act. A link to the Rulemaking Notice is below:

If no comments were received by February 9, the revised regulations will be published for adoption in the next available NJ Register and will take effect upon publication.


William J. Pollinger

William J. Pollinger was the first attorney for the Association. He authored the original By-Laws and copyrighted the Association's logo.

Mr. Pollinger represented towers in suits against municipalities, forcing them to create tow ordinances or place tow contracts out for bid, to level the playing field for all.

Mr. Pollinger wrote the statute allowing municipalities and counties to utilize licensing ordinances rather than bids to regulate towing.

Known throughout the state regarding all issues arising out of the towing industry, Mr. Pollinger has been successful in challenging provisions in ordinances and bid specifications in many cases, from the Trial Court to the Supreme Court, benefiting clients and the industry. He has assured that his clients are treated fairly and awarded the licenses and contracts they deserve.

Mr. Pollinger has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees for services performed by towers for recovery, towing and storage.

His decisions include the right to sue leasing companies for storage fees incurred by lessees; the right to a hearing by the low bidder prior to rejection of its bid; and the right to sue owners for fees after their vehicles have been auctioned.

Mr. Pollinger continues to wage campaigns at all levels of government and in all courts of the state for and on behalf of towers and the towing industry.

Visit the website of William J. Pollinger, P.A. at for an overview of Mr. Pollinger's other practice areas.