Col­lec­tion of traf­fic fines in Cebu City go up

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Il­le­gal park­ing is still the most com­mon traf­fic vi­o­la­tion in Cebu City.

As of Novem­ber 2018, the Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) col­lected P90 mil­lion in var­i­ous fees, fines and penal­ties.

CCTO op­er­a­tions head Fran­cisco Ouano said their col­lec­tion has bal­looned in com­par­i­son to the P83.2 mil­lion they col­lected from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber last year.

“We are just P10 mil­lion away from reach­ing our P100 mil­lion col­lec­tion tar­get for this year. Hope­fully we can achieve that goal by the end of the year,” he said.

The bulk of the col­lec­tions for both 2017 and 2018 is from fines for il­le­gal park­ing and road ob­struc­tion.

Ouano said the most com­mon ex­cuse for il­le­gal park­ing is the vi­o­la­tor had to at­tend to an emer­gency.

The CCTO clamps il­le­gally-parked ve­hi­cles 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ouano said they clamp an av­er­age of 100 ve­hi­cles daily for il­le­gal park­ing. Those caught pay a fine of P1,500.

Most of the clamped ve­hi­cles were parked on Colon St. and on roads sur­round­ing hospi­tals.

With the hol­i­days just around the cor­ner, mo­torists are ex­pected to rush in and out of the city.

But Ouano re­minded them to al­ways abide by traf­fic laws, es­pe­cially with Mayor To­mas Os­meña’s pro­posal to in­crease traf­fic fines to P3,000 from P1,000.

“A lot of peo­ple say that the move is anti-poor, but for me it’s not, as long as you fol­low the rules. Traf­fic vi­o­la­tors ag­gra­vate our traf­fic prob­lem and no one is spared from this. Let’s just work to­gether,” he said.

Ouano, though, does not think the in­crease in fines will help raise the CCTO’s in­come.

He is hope­ful that the im­po­si­tion of higher fines will in­still dis­ci­pline among mo­torists.

“We don’t need their money. What we need are dis­ci­plined, co­op­er­a­tive mo­torists. We don’t mind if our col­lec­tion will de­crease next year if this means fewer vi­o­la­tors,” Ouano said. /

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