CCTO clamps 180 ve­hi­cles

The Freeman - - NEWS - Leyson/GAN — Odessa O.

The Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) has clamped at least 180 ve­hi­cles for il­le­gal park­ing in the down­town area last Sun­day.

CCTO Op­er­a­tions Chief Fran­cisco Ouano said these ve­hi­cles were caught il­le­gally park­ing along the stretch of M.J. Cuenco Av­enue, out­side the open slot of Com­pa­nia Mar­itima and other busy streets.

“Mo-park­ing man gud sila sa side­walk, dili mana pwede kay daghan moreklamo diri kay dili sila kaagi,” Ouano told re­porters yes­ter­day.

In the down­town area, specif­i­cally near the vicin­ity of Basil­ica Miñore del Santo Niño, the only des­ig­nated park­ing ar­eas are in the open space of Com­pa­nia Mar­itima and along Legazpi St.

Since Jan­uary 10, streets near Basil­ica will be closed to traf­fic to pave the way for the devo­tees who will at­tend the novena mass.

“Mostly diri gyud, ako gi­ing­nan, dili ta mo-clamp within sa vicin­ity sa Sto. Niño. Og makaob­struct, au­to­matic na siya ma-tow or clamp,” Ouano said.

Due to the Sinulog re­lated events, the down­town area has been the busiest streets ev­ery month of Jan­uary be­cause of the in­flux of devo­tees.

He said the driv­ers should ob­serve sim­ple traf­fic pol­icy so that their ve­hi­cles will not be clamped and they will not be slapped with a P1,500 fine.

Last Sun­day alone, CCTO earned P270,000 be­cause of the driv­ers who parked their re­spec­tive ve­hi­cles in “no park­ing” ar­eas.

Most of the vi­o­la­tors are not from the city, but rather from neigh­bor­ing towns and cities.

Once the fine is paid, CCTO will re­move the clamp im­me­di­ately.

“Mao na akong gi­in­gon nila nga ba­hala'g layo sila mo-park­ing basta as long as safety,” he said.

Ouano said devo­tees of Señor Sto. Niño who were not res­i­dents from the city are wel­come but they need to fol­low the traf­fic pol­icy, so that the streets will be orderly.

“Tun­god sa cel­e­bra­tion, ang kapis­ta­han sa Señor atong tanan, wel­come sila sa Cebu City but then mo­hangyo lang ta nila nga mo-park sila sa des­ig­nated park­ing area kay og dili sila mo-park, ma­tow­ing and ma-clamp, mak­abara sa trapiko,” he said.

At least 40 traf­fic en­forcers are de­ployed to man the traf­fic con­di­tion in all in­ter­sec­tions near the church and ap­pre­hend those erring driv­ers.

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