May 31, 2016
MMDA Applies Stringent Process for Tow Accreditation
In a bid to stop anomalous practices of tow truck operators, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now employing a more stringent process of accreditation for towing companies, following an alleged extortion attempt of two towing personnel in Quezon City last week.
Aside from the usual documentary requirements, tow truck operators are now enjoined to have their personnel undergo mandatory drug test, seminar, and diagnostic examination. A smoke emission test would likewise be conducted on all tow trucks.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said these procedures are prerequisites for accreditation and would ensure that only qualified and decent people will be allowed to operate tow trucks in the metropolis.
“We need to cleanse the ranks of tow truck operators. Those isolated unscrupulous incidents are hurting the image of MMDA, since we are the one issuing the accreditations,” Carlos said.
In June last year, 54 towing personnel had tested positive for drugs, while 24 were also found out to be using drugs last January.
According to Carlos, those towing personnel found to be using illegal drugs were immediately terminated by their respective companies and were put on blacklist and are now banned from entering the MMDA impounding area.
Kristen Ann Uy Baron, a disgruntled motorist who had been victimized by alleged abusive personnel of towing company Arcson had called the attention of the agency to investigate the matter.
Carlos urged the public to remain vigilant and report to MMDA any illegal acts committed on the road either by agency personnel or employees of private towing companies.
“The public can call our hotline 136 for any complaints or clarifications concerning these towing companies. Just provide us the necessary information and we will deal with them accordingly,” Carlos stressed. “Vehicles should only be towed if they are left unattended for five minutes.”