how are police called tows handle in your area ?
do they contract just one or two company or is a free for all.
read story below and you understand why im asking.
here the tow truck companys have a towing contract with the local dept. and there dispatch are called on a land line.
A tow truck driver is shot, allegedly by a rival, at an accident scene. Two days later, properties linked to both companies are torched or riddled by gunfire.
A towing turf war has broken out in Philadelphia.
"I've never seen problems where it erupted into this kind of violence," Philadelphia police spokesman Frank Vanore said.
Philadelphia has tried in recent years to rein in pushy tow truck drivers who start aggressively competing for business the second an accident comes across the police radio. "Wreck-chasers" race to accident scenes to sign up drivers with papers that sometimes commit them to expensive repairs, said a city councilman who has pushed legislation to make the towing process more orderly.
"Whoever's fingerprints are on that car first normally gets the ability to claim the wreck," said Councilman Frank Rizzo. "And that's probably what caused this dispute."
On Monday, a towing company worker in a Cadillac Escalade arrived on the scene of a crash in North Philadelphia. Despite not having a tow truck, he tried to claim a damaged Dodge Neon. That didn't sit well with the tow truck driver who arrived next. An argument ensued.
The Escalade driver, Jose LaTorre Jr., of J & Sons Autobody then shot the Mystical Towing driver in the thigh, police said.