The Land Transportation Office has apprehended about 600 drivers of mostly private vehicles since it started its clearing operations in Bacolod City in January for violation of traffic laws.
Allan Sacramento, legal officer and acting chief for Operations of LTO Region 6, said yesterday that they want to make Bacolod a pilot city in their campaign against illegally parked vehicles, and hope to replicate this in other areas in the region.
He said they have formed the Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force to help decongest traffic in Bacolod City, particularly against illegally parked vehicles along the highways, including bicycle lanes. They started their operations in January.
Sacramento said the task force is composed of representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, City Legal Office, and the Highway Patrol Group because there are some illegal structures that have to be removed along the sidewalks and the highways.
They have also deputized the Philippine National Police to help them in implementing traffic laws since they lack personnel, he said.
Sacramento said they have confiscated driver’s licenses and have issue temporary operators permit to traffic violators. Payment are made to the LTO District Office.
The penalty for obstruction for vehicles that are illegally parked along the highways is P1,000 for the first offense, he said.
Sacramento said that while their focus is on traffic obstruction, they also implement other traffic rules like the seat belt law and apprehend unregistered and unlicensed motorists.
They also plan to authorize the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office in order that the operation be consistent since they only have 26 enforcers and cannot sustain the campaign. They also conduct night operations, he said.
Sacramento said they have requested Councilor Dindo Ramos to institutionalize the task force through an ordinance.
They will also conduct operations in Brgy. Sum-ag to clear the highways on Feb. 11, he said.
City Administrator John Orola said they have earlier organized Task Force Panghaway in 2016, which is headed by executive assistant Col. Celestino Guara, and plan to revive it.*
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