About the Towing and Recovery Board

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Regulatory Review Panel commissioned by the US Congress in 1984 determined that Arkansas along with 30 other states failed to comply with federal regulations relating to certain commercial vehicles, specifically wreckers (tow vehicles).

  • The Arkansas legislature created the Board of Wrecker Operators in 1987, Act 42 of 1987 to ensure compliance.
  • Act 899 of 1989 Created the Arkansas Towing & Recovery Board repealing Act 42 of 1987.
  • Act 33 of 1991 placed the regulation and safety of wreckers under the highway commission.
  • Act 1000 of 1993 established comprehensive laws to provide for the removal of abandoned vehicles, licensing requirements and tow operations, the possessory lien and administrative procedures and established the towing and recovery board.

Subsequent legislation restored the agency as an independent regulatory body, (no longer under the highway commission), strengthened the criminal provisions, clarified the possessory lien law and notification process as well as the consumer protection provisions creating the agency as it exists today.

THE TOW BOARD TODAY
The Arkansas Towing & Recovery Board is governed by nine (9) members appointed by the governor to three (3) year terms. The make-up of the board consists of four (4) members that are non-consent tow owners, two (2) members are consent-only tow owners, one (1) representative is appointed from the insurance industry and two (2) persons are appointed at large, not associated with the tow industry.

The tow board employs a professional, experienced staff dedicated to working with the tow industry and the motoring public. The staff is assisted by a representative from the Attorney General’s office who serves as the agency’s legal counsel.

WHO MUST LICENSE WITH THE ARKANSAS TOWING & RECOVERY BOARD
In general if you engage in towing and recovery within the State of Arkansas you must license your business and permit your tow vehicles with this agency.

A license may be obtained by complying with the requirements found in the statute for a tow business, completing the Business License Application and submitting the appropriate fees to the tow board.

A tow business must:

  • Be at a location that is easily accessible to the public and located in Arkansas.
  • Maintain a secure filing system for record keeping
  • Display signage with the company name, physical address, telephone number(s) and hours of operation. Signs must be at least 4’x6’ or meet local building codes or sign ordinance standards.
  • A 16”x20” sign posted in a pubic area notifying customers of the complaint process.
  • Your maximum rate schedule must be posted in a conspicuous place.
  • All vehicles must be stored in a manner that protects a customer’s vehicle and personal property while in the care and custody of the tow facility.

The permit process for a tow vehicle requires an inspection by a certified law enforcement officer. The Tow Vehicle Safety Equipment Inspection Form must be completed, signed by the law enforcement officer and the owner of the tow company. The appropriate fees must be paid to the agency before a permit is issued.

Once approved the appropriate decal must be placed on the windshield of the tow vehicle. Decals or permits may not be transferred from the tow vehicle to which it was issued.

BOARD MEMBERS

Jerry Vint • Chair

ATRB Board - Jerry Vent

Term Expires June 2018

Address

2108 Hickory Creek Circle
Alexander, Arkansas 72002

Phone

501.568.9000

E.Mail

jwvint@cs.com

Tom Brown • Vice Chair

ATRB Board - Tom Brown

Term Expires June 2018

Address

3510 North Magnolia Street
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116

Phone

501.680.6220

E.Mail

abrown5050@sbcglobal.net

Joe Spadoni • Treasurer

ATRB Board - Jason Spadoni

Term Expires June 2018

Address

507 Park Terrace Drive
White Hall, Arkansas 71602

Phone

870.329.1681

E.Mail

Spadoni41@gmail.com

Reggie Binns

ATRB Board - Reggie Binns

Term Expires June 2019

Address

205 S Hyatt
Monticello, Arkansas 71655

Phone

870.723.8189

E.Mail

reggiebinns@gmail.com

Carrie Meeks

ATRB Board - Carrie Meeks

Term Expires June 2019

Address

904 Southeast 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone

479.903.4376

E.Mail

bentonvilletowing@cox-internet.com

Avon ‘Junior’ Phillips

ATRB Board - Phillips

Term Expires June 2019

Address

PO Box 518
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72115

Phone

501.529.1942

E.Mail

jp22045@aol.com

Matthew ‘Matt’ Ross

ATRB Board - Matthew Ross

Term Expires June 2018

Address

6 Ranchette Road
Conway, Arkansas 72032

Phone

501.513.9200

E.Mail

matt@proautocollision.com

Heath Tibbs

ATRB Board - Heath Tibbs

Term Expires June 2017

Address

5005 Lamb Lane
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404

Phone

870.219.4349

E.Mail

heath.tibbs@allstate.com

Wayne Edwards • Past Chair

ATRB Board - Wayne Edwards

Term Expired June 2017

Address

PO Box 506
Lake Village, Arkansas 71653

Phone

870.866.9999

E.Mail

wwedwards1976@sbcglobal.net

STAFF

Steven Rogers • Director

Phone

501.827.4212

E.Mail

steven.rogers@arkansas.gov

Tracy Watson • Investigator

Phone

501.201.0214

E.Mail

tracy.watson@arkansas.gov

John Williams • Investigator

Phone

479.209.6262

E.Mail

john.williams@arkansas.gov

Sheila Johnson • Permits

Phone

501.682.3591

E.Mail

sheila.johnson@arkansas.gov

Billy Simpson • Administrator

Phone

501.682.3801

E.Mail

billy.simpson@arkansas.gov

COME SEE US
7418 North Hills Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 72116
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(501) 682-3801

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(501) 682-3589

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8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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