Lack of tow truck drivers causes issues for companies

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) While the recent storms have been great for business, local tow companies are reporting a lack of manpower this winter.

"It has been a very good year for us -- the tow guys," said Mathew Norton, the owner of Anytime Towing in Richmond. "I left one car accident, didn't even have it unloaded and got called or this one."

It's just part of the job, but unpredictable hours and rough working conditions are making it harder to find drivers. "They're cold, they're dirty, they're wet, so it's kind of hard to find the guys that have that niche -- and pay them well as well," Norton said.

He says more towing company owners, like himself, are forced to get behind the wheel. And the drivers they do have are spread thin. "You're leaving the dinner table, you're leaving family functions -- all hours of the night. You never know when you're going to get called or where you are going to go, or what the situation is," Norton said. "Some people can handle it, some people can't."