EVERY motorist will confess to their worst nightmare being to fall victim to illegal tow truckers that lurk on our roads.
They're a menace preying on stranded motorists and they unashamedly strike at accident scenes like vultures attacking a carcass.
But tow trucking is an invaluable service that provides important round-the-clock help to motorists in need.
In a bid to clean up the industry the South African Towing and Recovering Association has succeeded, to an extent, in ensuring regulation in the business - but not without illegal towers spoiling the good name of association members who operate according to a strict code.
That the illegal operators can evade the law while effectively stealing vehicles from unsuspecting owners at accident scenes is a matter for serious concern.
As is the largely unknown practice of certain spare part depot owners, who pay a fee to illegal tow truck contractors each time they bring in a wreck from a collision.
As reported in this newspaper yesterday, this malpractice obviously encourages freelance tow truckers to tout for more cars a day to increase their daily takings.
Once a car has been delivered to the spare part yard the unsuspecting owner is invariably left to their own devices to negotiate payment to have their damaged vehicle released - usually not before forking out about R5000 (excluding so-called administration fees).
To stop this rot the authorities should crack down on the sharks who apparently operate in cahoots with some members of the police.