Saturday 26 May, 2018

WATCH: Woman protests as car wrecked in her presence

(Update 08/09/2017 4:30 pm: The PCA said it will investigate the incident.)

Video footage showing an upset woman who was present while her car was being towed away has raised questions regarding wrecking laws in Trinidad and Tobago.

In the video footage, the woman is heard saying that as she is present, the process should be stopped. 

However, the police officer instead directs the woman to contact his superior officer.

Information supplied by the Police Complaints Authority states that according to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Standing Order 44, the car should have been released to the driver. 

The Order states that once a driver is present, "where a vehicle has been hooked up or is in the actual process of being hooked up to a wrecker, but the vehicle has not been removed from where it was parked" and the driver is present to claim the vehicle, then the vehicle should be released to the driver and a ticket issued. 

Citizens who have had their vehicles towed in a similar manner should file a complaint with the Police Complaints Authority or contact them on 627-4383 or 627-4386.

Have you had a similar experience while your vehicle was towed or wrecked? Let us know in the comments. 


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