Thursday, June 9, 2011

Calgary's roving tow trucks, improving safety and traffic flow

Roving tow trucks are improving safety and traffic flow on major roadways during rush hour.

Last week, we came across a vehicle stalled along Crowchild Trail and Kensington road in the thick of the afternoon rush hour commute. The driver, Ryan, was kicking his tires and trying to look invisible from the accusatory eyes of drivers laying on their horns as they inched past him. "How dare he hinder their drive home!"

That's when Tim Vogt, a roving tow truck driver hired by The City of Calgary to clear stranded motorists from busy roadways to ensure safety and improve traffic flow, arrived at the scene. Within a few minutes, Ryan's stalled vehicle, lovingly christened Bagheera, was hoisted and pulled to safety a few blocks away.

Tim, the roadside hero, says it's all in a days work, adding he loves providing the free service.

"These people are distressed, I just love being able to help them out," he said.

Since The City launched the project in February 2010, more than 2,500 vehicles have been towed to safety from Calgary's busiest routes during rush hour.

Here is a video of Tim, lending a hand to the ailing traveler. For more information, please visit

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