The head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office is requesting the city government to commission a private company to perform the clamping, towing and impounding services provided under City Ordinance No. 338 and C.O. No. 09-17-818, to address the traffic problem in Bacolod City.
In his letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia dated Jan 4, BTAO head Police Supt. Luisito Acebuche said the more crucial solutions to ease the flow of traffic in the city, as provided in C.O. 338 and C.O. 09-17-818, are clamping, towing and impounding of illegally-parked and stalled vehicles and colorum pedicabs, tricycles, jeepneys, cars and vans illegally operating as public utility vehicles.
Acebuche said the fastest way to implement the clamping, towing and impounding is to entrust these activities to private companies, considering that these will require special equipment and tools, appropriate impounding storage area,and specialized technical skills and expertise.
Privatization of these activities is deemed appropriate based on a study prepared by executive assistant RodelParcon, that was reviewed by City Administrator John Orola, and himself, he said.
Considering the amount of investments required for the acquisition of the required equipment, tools and implements, impounding storage area, and specialized skills and talents, he is proposing that the contract to be awarded to the private company will cover a period of five years, Acebuche said.
Acebuche also suggested that the company should offer a reasonable share of its revenues from clamping, towing and impounding to the City Government of Bacolod.
C.O. No. 338 is an “Ordinance regulating traffic, parking, towing and other transporting or commuting activities in Bacolod,” while C.O. 09-17-818 is an “Ordinance establishing the tow-away zones in various streets of the city, allowing the impounding of vehicles through the issuance of impoundingreceipts.”*CGS
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