Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MMDA suspends accreditation of abusive tow truck firm but for only 1 unit

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended indefinitely the accreditation of a towing service company after its crew members allegedly flagged down and hauled off a closed delivery van last May.

The MMDA impoundment order, however, would affect only one unit of Iron Wing Towing Services.

An anonymous complainant claimed that several crew members of tow truck no. 138 flagged him down while on board his closed delivery van that was traversing along G. Roxas Street in Quezon City around 11: 15 a.m. last May 26, 2017. Iron Wing’s Crew members reportedly told the driver to alight from the van but when he refused, they took him out of the vehicle.

In a statement, MMDA Chair Danilo Lim said he has already instructed the MMDA Towing and Impounding Group to summon a representative from Iron Wing Towing to appear before the MMDA main office in Makati City for initial investigation of the incident.

Lim also urged the driver of the van to file a formal complaint against the towing company so that proper administrative action could be taken against the firm and the personnel involved.

The revocation of a tow company’s accreditation effectively grounds its operations. MMDA has the authority to screen, approve, and revoke the accreditation of all towing service providers in Metro Manila.
The agency had previously suspended unit number 145 of Iron Wing Towing Company over a similar complaint of illegal activities from a motorist.

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