Rules of the Road: What Does The Law Say About Towing?

Rules of the Road: What Does The Law Say About Towing?

We’ve all been there. You park somewhere and you’re not sure if it’s okay to park there. “Baka ma-towing ako, you think. Nobody likes that nerve-wracking experience. You regularly check on the car if it’s still there. Next to theft, getting your vehicle towed is probably the worst thing that can happen to a driver. Luckily, you have rights as a motorist. To help you know more about these, we looked into what the law says about towing in Metro Manila:

MMDA-Recognized Tow Trucks

Only the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Road Emergency Group and certain tow truck agencies are recognized by the MMDA as legal towing agencies. Here is a list of these MMDA-registered tow truck agencies.These agencies do not work under the MMDA but they are recognized as legal towing agencies.

If your car gets towed by an agency that isn’t on the list, you’re probably getting carnapped. Get as many details of the people towing as you can and call the police.

Now, going back to the topic of towing:

When Would a Car Get Towed?

A car can get towed by for multiple reasons. One reason is if they’re illegally parked. There are two kinds of illegally parked vehicles:

  • attended illegally parked vehicles,
  • unattended illegally parked vehicles

The difference is whether the driver is present on the scene or able to arrive any time before the vehicle is hooked onto the tow truck. If the driver isn’t, then it’s classified as unattended.

Attended illegally parked vehicles will not be towed, but are fined.

Unattended illegally parked vehicles will be towed after the tow truck’s horns honk 5 times to alert the owner and another 5 times after one minute of waiting and still getting no response from the owner.

Areas are either ordained by existing laws (R.A. 4136, Chapter I, Article IV, Section 46), the MMDA, or by local government units (LGUs) as illegal parking areas. So if you’re found parked in those areas, then your car is a likely candidate for towing.

Another reason would be when a vehicle stalls. A stalled vehicle is defined by the MMDA as a vehicle that cannot move on its own on a public street or road in Metro Manila. If you stall due to a flat tire, the vehicle must be moved to the emergency lane or it will be towed. If you stall because you ran out of gas, you can be towed to the nearest gas station. Towing fees will be issued depending on the number of kilometers your car is towed from where you were found stalled.

And lastly, vehicles are towed if they were involved in an accident. Any towed vehicle is brought either at the ULTRA Impounding Area along Julia Vargas Avenue or at Tumana, Marikina City.

How Much Will Getting Towed Cost?

Aside from the fine for the violation which would cost you ₱500, you will be asked by towing agencies to pay the towing fee. The base costs for the first four kilometers are as follows:

  • Light vehicles (less than 4,500 kgs): ₱1,500
  • Medium vehicles (between 4,501 kg and 7,500 kg): ₱2,500
  • Heavy vehicles (7,501 kg and above): ₱4,500

₱200 is added to the base cost for every kilometer more than four that the vehicle is towed from.

What Else to Remember

Remember that the towing crew is not allowed to board your vehicle. Should they do so, report the violation to the MMDA. Also remember that should the towing agency, may it be governmental or private, cause any damages to your vehicle during the towing process, they shall be responsible for paying the damages incurred. The Technical Inspection Report, which should be filled up by the towing crew before the vehicle is towed, serves as basis of the condition of the car.

And there you have it. That’s pretty much everything you need to know about towing in Metro Manila. If you want to know more though, it’s best to ask the MMDA.  Safe travels, everyone!




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