The Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association (APTRA) was founded in February 1982, by three towing company owners from different parts of the state with a vision of what APTRA represents today. It is the 501 C (6)trade association representing its members before the state legislature, regulatory agencies and the National Towing Association.

APTRA is composed of towing companies around the state and is governed by its elected board of directors. Associate members, representing suppliers to the towing industry, also have representation within the organization.

Through Essentiality, Safety and Awareness and Advocacy, APTRA can be the voice for towers in Arizona.
APTRA advocates the essentiality of the towing industry in the state of Arizona. With Incident management and quick clearance at the top of the priority list for the Federal Government and local regulatory agencies, APTRA has a place at the table in the TIM Coalition Committee with other stakeholders from around the state.
Safety and Awareness
APTRA is committed to raising awareness for the dangers facing our tow operators daily. Promoting the move over law at our Move Over Madness Golf Tournament, National Move Over Day, educating and advocating for stricter laws and working with key government stakeholders to understand what is causing responders deaths on the roadways.
Strategic Plan:
APTRA has an instituted a four - step plan to meet its goals above.

1. Encourage the towing industry to prioritize safety.

2. Branding APTRA as the authoritative voice for the Arizona industry.

3. Providing solid leadership in the industry.

4. Maximizing human and financial resources to achieve our purpose.

APTRA advocates for our members on a state and local level, while assuring that the towing industry’s perspective is always incorporated into pending legislation in Arizona.
APTRA has worked very hard over the years in many areas, here is a list of just a few:

APTRA has worked on opening the communication lines between the Department of Public Safety and APTRA. This has allowed APTRA to review the cost increases facing our industry and future negotiations on rates, traffic incident management implementations for our industry, and provided financial assistance in the form of a donation to the Arizona Auto Theft Task Force RATTLERS program for supporting their stolen vehicle recovery division.

We have also established a great working relationship with the Arizona Department of Transportation. APTRA has been involved with ADOT assisting them with their Push, Pull or Drag implementation around the state as well as meetings with ADOT MVD twice a year and inviting the to speak at our quarterly meetings.

For the last few years, we have held four meetings across the state to seek input and share ideas with our members. Our board of directors meets (4) times a year to focus directly on achieving our goals and working together to move the statewide industry association forward.

APTRA has established great benefit programs, ranging from a fuel program, environmental services, tow truck insurance, towing accessories, truck sales, workers compensation, finance companies, credit card processing, tire programs, and medical insurance just to name a few.

We will continue to work to bring value to your membership!

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Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association.
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P.O. Box 66721
Phoenix, AZ 85082-1833