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380 trikes impounded

A total of 380 tricycles and trisikads have been impounded by the Bacolod City Traffic Authority Office at the city police headquarters since Monday.

BCPO Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said yesterday that tricycles and trisikads were apprehended in different areas of the city as their operators had no permits, and for operating out of route.

The BTAO and the TMU recently intensified their campaign against public utility vehicles plying the city’s main thoroughfares without permits, as the city has incurred millions in losses due to the failure of the operators to secure permits, Pangue said.

Aside from tricycles and trisikads, more than 300 jeepneys and mini-buses have also been impounded by BTAO and TMU as their operators also failed to secure permits, Pangue also said.

He stressed that operators of public utility vehicles could still secure permits, as they have extended the deadline of processing up to the second week of next month.

TMU and BTAO personnel also confiscated 207 driver’s licenses of those caught driving motorcycles without crash helmets.

Meanwhile, Pangue said there is no let-up in the campaign against barkers in Bacolod City as ordered by city police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.

On Tuesday, 38 barkers, or those calling passengers to board public utility vehicles were arrested, however, some of them were not charged as they were first-time offenders.*APN




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