CTTMO TOWS 1K VE­HI­CLES

The ve­hi­cles were im­pounded by the CTTMO for il­le­gal park­ing and no fran­chise for pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Reporter

Towed ve­hi­cles in the city rose to 1,172 from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber 2018 from on 186 in the same pe­riod last year.

City Trans­port and Traf­fic Man­age­ment Of­fice (CTTMO) chair Dion­i­sio Abude, dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Is­peak me­dia fo­rum, said the towed ve­hi­cles are com­posed of mo­tor­cy­cles, tri­cy­cles and “pay­ong-pay­ong” or a mo­tor­cy­cle with a side­car at­tached to it.

The ve­hi­cles were im­pounded by the CTTMO for il­le­gal park­ing and no fran­chise for pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles.

“Mao ni atong mga na-im­pound diri. Na­ga­hatag pa gyud ni sila ug in­di­vid­ual penalty based sa ilang mga vi­o­la­tions (Th­ese im­pounded ve­hi­cles were also pe­nal­ized for in­di­vid­ual vi­o­la­tions),” he said, adding that pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles are mainly towed be­cause they are not sup­posed to fetch pas­sen­gers along the high­ways within the city.

He fur­ther said that the vi­o­la­tion com­mit­ted by pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles is ‘so­lic­it­ing pas­sen­gers with­out fran­chise’ since this kind of ve­hi­cle can­not be reg­is­tered to the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO).

An­other vi­o­la­tion for pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles is il­le­gal at­tach­ment since its side car was not reg­is­tered.

“Kung naa tay makita na pay­ong-pay­ong, bisan pag sa su­lod sa barangay nga high­way, ato gyud na sila dakpon (If we see them roam­ing the high­ways, even if it’s in­side the barangays, we will have to im­pound it),” Abude said.

Abude also said some towed pay­ong-pay­ong ve­hi­cles are not claimed by own­ers since the penalty is way higher than the cost of the said ve­hi­cles.

This had be­come a prob­lem for their of­fice since their im­pound­ing area is not enough to cater all towed ve­hi­cles for six months be­fore it will be dis­posed through the LTO.

The or­di­nance that pro­hibits tri­cy­cles from op­er­at­ing on na­tional high­ways in the city is stated in Chap­ter 9, Sec­tion 71, Ar­ti­cle J of the Code of Or­di­nances of Davao City. Ar­rested in­di­vid­u­als may be charged for vi­o­la­tion of Repub­lic Act 4136 oth­er­wise known as Land Trans­porta­tion and Traf­fic Code.

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