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Wrecking wrecker fees

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A light truck I own was involved in an accident in Papine. A bike got out of control and ran into the side of the vehicle. As there was serious injury to the biker the police took the vehicle on a wrecker to Matilda's Corner Police Station (about two miles away) for inspection as a part of the investigation.

When I went to the station to get the truck a few days later, I was presented with a bill for $22,000 for wrecking service.

I am quite familiar with wrecker rates, so I protested. I took out my phone and called three wrecker companies and asked for their rate to move the said vehicle from Papine to Liguanea: One quoted $8,500, another quoted $9,000, and the other $10,000.

The policeman explained that they had to use Jamaica Wrecking Company because they had the “government contract”.

When I got to the wrecker company's address at 43 Mountain View Avenue, I saw no office. There was a small grocery shop and a derelict-looking building. A young lady in yard clothes was sitting on a bench under a tree. I asked her where the office was.

“Is me you pay,” she replied.

When I enquired why the fee was so high, she bluntly responded, “You want the vehicle or not?”

When I got back to Matilda's Corner Police Station, a bus driver was there complaining about the same problem. He had been hit with a whopping $25,000 bill from Half-Way-Tree to Liguanea from the same company.

This raises questions. Why are the police wrecker fees more than double other providers? Why was Jamaica Wrecking Service selected to have the exclusive “government contract”? Why can't motorists choose a more affordable wrecker service?

Colin Wheeler

colinlwheeler@hotmail.com

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