By Mae Singuay
The Bacolod City government authorized a private company to implement City Ordinance 1035, which established tow-away zones on various streets in the city.
Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government and Metro Towing Services last week.
Benitez said, under the MOA, the private firm has legal authority to tow and impound vehicles illegally parked in tow-away zones and clamped by the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office.
It was agreed that the private firm would have a 75 percent share for every vehicle towed, based on the given tariff.
Operators of public utility vehicles, private vehicles and tricycles illegally parked in prohibited areas will be fined.
The wheel clamping penalties are P600 for sedan class vehicles, P800 for medium-sized vehicles, and P1,000 for heavy vehicles.
For towing, the fees — P1,500 for light vehicles; P1,000 for two or three-wheeled vehicles; P2,500 for medium-sized vehicles; and P4,500 for heavy vehicles — will be imposed for the first four kilometers.
An additional P200 fee will be charged for every succeeding kilometer aside from the base fee.
Impounding and storage fees will also be charged: P200 per day for the first and second month, P350 per day for the third and fourth month, and P500 per day for the fifth and sixth month./MS, WDJ