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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Letter from the President
Dear Valued Member:
First, please allow me this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in the Garden State Towing Association. It is our continued mission to protect and improve the towing industry that we all helped shape within the great state of New Jersey, and it is with great honor that I continue to serve as President of this esteemed organization.
There have been countless issues that myself and the Executive Board have been working on over the past several months, and I would like to begin using this eNewsletter in order to keep you updated on the issues that come across our desks on a daily basis. However, there is one recent situation I would like to bring to your attention:
This past December, I encountered a letter that was circulating through parts of Central New Jersey that expressed a strong displeasure regarding towers who are unable to obtain payment from highway recoveries due to lack of insurance coverage. This letter was also intended to rally other companies in order to pursue change and implied that no one was working on such a detrimental problem.
As many of us are aware, this is an ongoing issue that plagues our industry, not only in New Jersey, but throughout the entire country. On this issue alone, over the past several years we have met with or spoken to the Insurance Commissioner, multiple state legislators, the Federal Highway Administration, various incident management groups, the Conference of Northeastern Towing Associations, TRAA, and lobbyists such as Mike McGovern. This is just one of the many issues myself, the Executive Board, and our Executive Director work on as a team in order to improve and protect our industry.
With new technology and communication instruments in place, we pledge to make it a priority to keep our membership in the loop on the issues that we continue to work on. In addition to our new e-newsletter, you will find updates on issues on our website. We also send broadcast faxes, email and text blasts and have a Facebook and Twitter account. All members receive our broadcast faxes. Forward Mary Leigh your cell phone number if you want to receive text blasts and/or your email address to be added to that list. Like us on Facebook and twitter!
Please take this time to browse through our Newsletter which includes some of the major issues we have been focusing on, membership programs, upcoming events and trainings, and now our first ever membership spotlight!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the GSTA office for any other questions or concerns.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATES & CURRENT ISSUES
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.
NJ TURNPIKE INCREASE
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: http://www.nj.gov/turnpike/documents/LAW_2016-174_NJTA%2019_3.1-3.2.pdf
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.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT!
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 Pollingerlaw.com for an overview of Mr. Pollinger's other practice areas.
THANK YOU BILL FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND ALL YOU CONTINUE TO DO!
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