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June 21, 2018 

MMDA, Metro LGUs Unite Against Colorum Towing Service Operators

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Metro Manila Mayors have agreed to strengthen guidelines on towing and impounding operations following the apprehension of a company involved in illegal towing along South Super Highway in Makati City last Wednesday.

The consensus was made during the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting, presided by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, held at MMDA headquarters on Thursday.

As a first step, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they will come up with a master list of all towing service operators accredited by MMDA and Metro Manila local government units.

“This way, we can easily detect and monitor towing service operators both legal and illegal, those fly-by-night towing operators,” said Garcia.

Also, all towing service operators operating in the National Capital Region (NCR) should be accredited by the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).  

“A certification of roadworthiness from LTFRB should be issued to towing service vehicles,” said Garcia.

Last Tuesday, Arrom Towing Services and their entire fleet consisting of six tow trucks were suspended indefinitely for illegal impounding of six motorcycles. The following day, the MMDA apprehended unregistered tow trucks owned by PMA Towing for illegal towing.

In the meeting, Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay cited they have apprehended towing vehicles from the same towing service - PMA Towing during their operation just last week.  

Garcia said they will soon come up with stricter towing guidelines, detailing proper towing procedures, to warn the public.

“All unmarked towing service vehicles are definitely illegal,” he said.

In the agency’s rules, all towing service accredited by the MMDA should be accompanied by agency personnel. This is not observed in LGU-accredited towing service.

Meanwhile, several mayors have offered spaces in their localities that can serve as impounding site, an alternative to the agency’s impounding site in Tumana in Marikina City.

 “We welcome this suggestion from our mayors because we really need more space to accommodate increasing number of impounded vehicles,” said Garcia.

If this pushes through, Garcia said they are looking into designation of impounding sites per sector – north, south, east and west. 

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