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 Towing & Recovery Incentive Payment Program

 

The Towing & Recovery Incentive Payment (TRIP) Program pays prequalified heavy-duty towing and recovery companies incentives for the quick clearance of large commercial vehicle incidents on selected, high-importance Ohio roadways. As of July 2015, approximately 1,000 miles of interstates, state routes, and US routes across every region of Ohio will be covered by the TRIP program.

 

 What is the motivation for this program?

 

Traffic congestion caused by incidents affects the safety and mobility of all travelers. Major incidents can affect thousands of vehicles in an entire highway corridor or network. Additionally, this congestion can cause secondary incidents that also require response from the same agencies already engaged in the primary incident. Secondary incidents are not just crashes but also include engine stalls, overheating, and running out of fuel. Approximately 20 percent of all incidents are secondary incidents.

Traffic incidents are primarily public safety events. Public safety agencies, such as law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), and other emergency management agencies are first to respond to traffic incidents. Transportation agencies usually play a secondary, but vital, support role. Private sector entities are also involved, most commonly from the towing and recovery industry. Efficient and collaborative incident management strategies help keep the public, as well as responders, safe and moving.

 

Adapted from the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Incident Management page.

 

 What incidents are included in TRIP?

 
Ultimately, whether or not an incident is eligible for a TRIP payment is at the discretion of the Statewide Traffic Management Center (TMC), and the TMC must be contacted by the towing company to initiate a TRIP call. However, the following guidelines persist:
  • Before calling a TRIP the incident must have the potential to impact a rush hour, holiday travel period, or other time when high traffic volume is anticipated. The incident must involve:
    • A DOT Class 7 or 8 Heavy Duty vehicle (GVWR > 26,0001 lbs.) that blocks or otherwise affects the traveled lanes
      • Rollover, jackknifed, or otherwise not drivable
      • Lost or shifted load
      • Truck fire with tires burned off
      • Major impact with guardrail, bridge support, or structure
    • A DOT Class 5 or 6 vehicle (GVWR 16,001 to 26,000 lbs.) that blocks or otherwise affects the traveled lanes
      • Rollover, jackknifed, or otherwise not drivable
      • Fire with tires burned off
      • Major impact with guardrail, bridge support, or structure

Hazmat incidents are not covered by the TRIP program.

 

 Related Resources

 
 

 TRIP Zones Map

 
     
 

 Contact Information

 

For more information about the TRIP program, including how to find out if your towing company is eligible to enroll, please contact:

Jim Roth, P.E.
Phone: (614) 752-0438