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TMU seizes 110
more trisikads

BY SHIELA GELERA

The Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit seized 110 more trisikads from the downtown area in the city in its two weeks of operation since August 1. TMU head, Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, said the figure were added to the 495 trisikads they have impounded since July, and about P45,000 in cash was collected in fines from erring drivers.

Villarias said most of the drivers, whose trisikads were seized, were plying the streets of Lacson and Araneta, some at Locsin and Luzuriaga streets.

Their violations were not having licenses and permits to operate, plying out-of-route, and loading and unloading passengers in national highways.

Villarias said trisikads plying the restricted areas, especially in downtown, pose danger to other motorists and also to themselves.

The impounded units will be released only after the owners or drivers have settled a P100 fine for each violation.

Villareas also said the TMU will create a task force tricycle and trisikad.

The TMU has now 212 traffic enforcers to man the traffic in schools, commercial establishments, downtown area, and in several strategic locations where congestion is always present, Villarias said. The new traffic enforcers will be deployed in streets of Bacolod today, he added.

Villarias had earlier said that the traffic enforcers needed by the city is 300, but 200 will be enough.

Mayor Monico Puentevella said “It is in the quality, not in the quantity”. The city needs more traffic enforcers but since the budget did not permit, the 200 enforcers should work like a thousand, he added.

Meanwhile, he said they nabbed several unauthorized “barkers”, or those who call passengers to ride a public utility vehicle, but no drivers were interested to file a case.*SGG

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