Established in 1987, Kearney Towing & Repair Center provides towing, auto repairs, fleet service, auto maintenance, and diesel truck repairs, and 24-hour emergency service to the Kearney, NE area. To view their website click here

Signed by Governor Ricketts on May 5, 2021 and of note to PTAN members is LB616 (Hughes) - Change abandoned motor vehicle provisions

Currently, within 15 days, a tower must notify any lienholder appearing on the certificate of title of the vehicle and the owner once they tow an abandoned vehicle. This bill would require the State Patrol to also follow these guidelines.

Secondly, LB 616 would increase the valuation of an abandoned vehicle from $250.00 to $500.00 for purposes of Nebr. Rev. Stat. 60-1902.

The bill becomes effective 90-days after the end of the Legislative Session, which be approximately September 1, 2021.

The Professional Towing Association of Nebraska (PTAN) was founded in January 1, 1975, as a 501 C (6)trade association representing its members before the Nebraska State Legislature and it’s regulatory agencies, as well as in conjunction with National Towing Association in Washington, D.C..

PTAN is composed of towing and recovery company’s around the state, and is governed by an elected board of directors. Associate members, representing suppliers to the towing and recovery industries, also have representation within the organization.

Through Essentiality, Safety and Awareness and Advocacy, PTAN can be the voice for towers in Nebraska.


  • PTAN advocates the essentiality of the towing industry in the state of Nebraska. With Incident management and quick clearance at the top of the priority list for the Federal & State Governments and local regulatory agencies, PTAN has a place at the table in the Safety Management Council with other stakeholders from around the state.

Safety and Awareness

  • PTAN holds hands on demonstrations to ensure members are abreast of the latest techniques in towing and recovery safety.


  • PTAN advocates for assuring that the towing industry’s perspective is incorporated into pending legislation, as well as rules and regulations in the State of Nebraska.

Strategic Plan:

PTAN has an instituted a four- step plan to meet its goals above.

  • Encourage the towing industry to prioritize safety
  • Branding PTAN as the authoritative voice for the Nebraska industry
  • Providing solid leadership in the industry
  • Maximizing human and financial resources to achieve our purpose

PTAN has worked very hard over the years in many areas, here is a list of just a few:

  • Passing LB353 (passed in LB35) in 2011 that created new guidelines for moving a disabled over dimensional vehicle from the highway. Basically, this bill allowed the towing of such vehicles to their place of repair, as opposed to a place of safe keeping under prior statute.
  • Having a seat at the Nebraska Safety Council  
  • Taking an active role in the Nebraska State Patrol’s efforts beta test with AutoReturn, a technology company that helps manage law enforcement-initiated tows.
  • Working with the Nebraska State Patrol to help expedite abandoned vehicle processing.

We will continue to work to bring value to your membership! Join us today

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Professional Towing Association of Nebraska

Jo Hitz, President


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