Two tow truck companies have been temporarily suspended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for being abusive.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said BNW Towing Services, which was suspended for three months, was the subject of a complaint by Jayross Lucky Seven Tours Bus Co., Inc. for reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property.
The complainant alleged that their bus with plate number UVF 927, stalled in front of Gold Condominium on Kamias Road in Quezon City due to engine failure, was immediately clamped to the tow truck of BNW Towing services.
The driver of the tow truck, Jayross added, mismanaged and miscalculated Kamias’ flyover’s height clearance causing the roof of the bus to hit the underside of the bridge, thereby damaging the bus.
The insurance company of Jayross has refused to pay the damage.
After a series of hearings, MMDA ruled in favor of the complainant, leading to the suspension of BNW’s towing accreditation for three months.
On the other hand, Haplos Towing Services was suspended for one month for abuse of authority, following a complaint by a truck operator from Valenzuela City.
Complainant Marissa Paz alleged that her Toyota Dyna truck with plate number WPH 307 was forcibly towed by Haplos Towing Services using a seatbelt instead of a tow bar while it was being pushed by her employees to a repair shop.
After careful perusal of all evidence on record and testimonies of all the parties concerned, MMDA found irregularity in the towing of the complainant’s truck by the respondent.
Tolentino said Haplos Towing Services failed to follow the proper towing procedures in the MMDA Guidelines on Towing.
“All the tow trucks of these companies are restricted within the confines of their garage facilities during the period covered by the suspension orders,” he concluded.-