Traxio: ‘Tow-truck must get priority like ambulance’
In order to free up the roads as fast as possible after an accident, tow-trucks should get priority like ambulances, police vehicles and fire engines. That’s what the Belgian sector federation Traxio wants to accomplish with streamlining some 200 private services into a common quality label ‘Road Support’.
Green rotating lights
Traxio wants its members to paint their tow-trucks in yellow and black with uniform rotating lights. In the Netherlands and the UK tow-trucks have green rotating lights to make the difference with the blue ones of the other emergency services. In Belgium today only orange lights are allowed.
“Tow trucks have often problems to get to the scene of an accident on the highway within twenty minutes, because of the traffic jams”, says Traxio spokesman Philippe Decrock. A specific rotating light could warn car drivers to give priority when they see it in their rear mirror. The faster the wrecks are towed, the faster traffic jams can be tackled.
Fourth emergency service
“If we really want to become a fourth emergency service, we need to ‘jack up’ or image”, adds Decrock. By giving a quality label to the companies that comply and banning the others, Traxio hopes to get government to grant the sector the status of fourth emergency service.
“Tow-trucks and salvage companies should work in an identical way from Ostend to Bastogne. In the past too many companies worked in the grey zone.”That’s why not only the quality of the trucks and material is important, but also respect for social agreements to get the ‘Road Support’ label.
Doing undeclared work is forbidden and wage agreements made with the sector have to be respected, Traxio demands. Until now, this was sometimes a problem with certain companies, Decrock admits.