MMDA plans to acquire tow trucks

Published August 31, 2018, 9:32 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Jel Santos

Purchasing tow trucks is being eyed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), an agency official disclosed on Thursday.

Manila Bulletin File
(Manila Bulletin File Photo)

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said they are planning to acquire tow trucks so the agency will no longer need the services of towing companies.

“We have been receiving corruption complaints against tow truck drivers. Even some of my relatives and friends were victimized,” he said.

For such reason, the immediate ticketing of unattended vehicles illegally parked on the Mabuhay lanes was imposed 6 a.m. Friday, August 31.

Towing will no longer be done unless requested by local governments or for stalled vehicles, the MMDA said.

According to the MMDA general manager, the money collected from tickets issued by enforcers will be mainly used to buy tow trucks should the plan pushes through.


Garcia said that the five-minute consideration will no longer be observed by enforcers as decided after their meeting.

“From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. of Friday, unattended vehicles on the Mabuhay lanes will be immediately given tickets by MMDA enforcers,” he said.

“There will no longer be a five-minute consideration. We decided to remove it after our meeting,” he said.

Unattended vehicles, Garcia said,will be given P500 worth of ticket.

On the other hand, attended vehicles will receive P200 ticket.

As per Garcia, violators can be ticketed twice a day.

“I suggest that they just rent parking spots. It is cheaper than to be fined every day. It’s time for them to look for parking spots,” he told vehicle owners.

Should violators deny to give their licenses to enforcers, they will be apprehended using the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP).