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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Cops arrest 100 PUVs

The Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit and the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office apprehended yesterday at least 100 double-tire public utility vehicles and jeepneys plying out-of-town routes, for lack of permits to operate.

TMU head, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said majority of these vehicles were caught in the Northern and Eastern parts of Bacolod while most PUJs from the south have already permits.

Pangue said they only conducted their operation against PUVs without permits in the morning, but had to stop by noontime because of bad weather conditions. However, they will resume their full operation at 7 a.m. today.

He also said that they will concentrate more on the northern and eastern part of Bacolod and will detail additional personnel in these areas.

The apprehended PUVs were not impounded at the BCPO headquarters and, instead, the operators and drivers were only warned to secure permits because starting next week BTAO and TMU will no longer be lenient with them, Pangue stressed.

All PUVs without permits will either be barred from entering Bacolod or be impounded, while operators will be meted P1,500 as fine.

Aside from PUJs, Pangue said, the campaign against tricycles without permits will also start today.

He said that they recently formed a task force composed of civic organizations to help them in apprehending tricycles without permits.

TMU also had a dialog with barangay officials and sought their help in arresting trisikads plying the city’s main thoroughfares, and to assist trisikad operators in securing permits.

Pangue said the city is losing almost P1 million because of the non-compliance by some operators in securing permits.

He also reported that they have arrested at least 300 trucks violating the truck ban since January this year.

He urged truck owners to secure permits so they could apply for truck ban exemption, in case they need to deliver goods in Bacolod.*APN

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