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Fake truck ban
exemptions discovered

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Several falsified truck ban exemption permits have been recovered by traffic enforcer from truck drivers in Bacolod City since last month, TMU head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, said yesterday.

Traffic enforcers tried to stop the trucks from passing the Circumferential Road during the hours of the truck ban and the drivers presented exemption permits, Acebuche said.

When the traffic enforcers scrutinized the permits, however, they found out that they were falsified, he said.

The fake truck ban exemption permits recovered have no expiry date on them, the logo of the TMU is different from the original, and the signature of Acebuche apparently forged.

Acebuche said trucking operators, especially those transporting sugarcane and other perishable goods are given truck ban exemption for free, so they could catch up with the Roll-On, Roll-Off vessels.

He added that those who wish to avail of the truck ban exemption have to write the Bacolod Traffic Authority and explain why they should be issued one.

TMU records show that only 30 trucks in Bacolod City have been issued legitimate truck ban exemptions.

Acebuche warned truck owners not to falsify the truck ban exemption documents, or they will be charged for forgery. Worst, the TMU may recommend the cancellation of their business permits, he added.*APN

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