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tow truck

(Automotive Engineering) a motor vehicle equipped for towing away wrecked or disabled cars. Also called: breakdown van or wrecker (US and Canadian)


(ˈrɛk ər)

1. a person or thing that wrecks.
2. a person, car, or train employed in removing wreckage, debris, etc., as from railroad tracks.
3. Also called tow car , tow truck. a vehicle equipped with a mechanical apparatus for hoisting and pulling, used to tow wrecked, disabled, or stalled automobiles.
4. a person or business that demolishes and removes houses or other buildings, as in clearing sites for other use.
5. a person or vessel employed in recovering salvage from wrecked or disabled vessels.
6. a person who plunders wrecks, esp. after exhibiting false signals in order to cause shipwrecks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tow truck - a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)tow truck - a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)
motortruck, truck - an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
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Representative Harlan Edmonds (R) said he sponsored the Wyoming law after a number of near misses involving tow truck operators in his state.
Michael Benjamin Forbes, 39, of Eugene, a driver for Ray's Towing, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was not texting or otherwise on a cellphone or tablet, and was not speeding when the tow truck he was driving crossed the centerline and collided with Lisa Mechelle Wilks' Nissan Altima, the district attorney's office said in a written case evaluation.
We're expecting the parade to be a large draw, with tow operators bringing their families, so we wanted to invite some vendors that would appeal to everyone, not just tow truck operators," Joanne Walcker said.
They lifted the truck from a tow truck position on the highway.
The tow truck shows up and the driver convinces the victim to take the car to a dirty body shop.
But while he was prepared to pay the PS80 fine, he saw red when his V-reg Vauxhall Tigra was hauled onto a tow truck.
These "bandit" tow truck operators monitor police radios and respond to accidents seeking to hook up vehicles and tow them to body shops or storage facilities where they are held hostage until the motorists and their insurance companies pay inflated towing, storage and possibly repair charges to get the vehicle back.
Alpine Towing also keeps their equipment upgraded for optimum efficiency as well as Wreck Master certified tow truck drivers to handle any job.
It was proposed that any tow truck firm that overcharges, as determined by Conway Police Department, would be removed from contract for up to five years in addition to whatever civil remedies the victim would want to pursue against the overcharging firm.
TIME TO EARN: Stalled cars bring business for tow trucks.
Before, some tow truck operators were excluded for what seemed to be arbitrary reasons.