BTAO: Body stickers not compulsory-A A +A
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
BACOLOD Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) head Rogelio Ebreo said Tuesday the body stickers they are selling to public utility jeepneys (PUJs), taxis and tricycles are not compulsory.
Ebreo said the stickers turned controversial when public utility vehicle (PUV) operators complained about the cost which is P300 for taxis and PUJs, and P150 for tricycle operators.
Ebreo said over DYRL’s Mercado Publiko the stickers can be bought from Espinosa Stickers and Signs, the sole supplier of the stickers.
He said the purpose of the body stickers is to minimize the proliferation of colorum (unregistered) vehicles.
The stickers will determine whether the PUV operating in the city is legitimate or otherwise so this is one way of protecting the legitimate operators, Ebreo said.
“Everybody should have a sticker because that is the only way we will know whether a particular PU, PUV or tricycle is a colorum or a legitimate one,” he added.
Ebreo said it is the operator’s right not to buy or buy such sticker, “but we can flag them down to check their documents.”
“This has no City Ordinance covering the selling of stickers but was authorized by the City Mayor. The income derived from the stickers goes to the supplier,” he said.
The cost was determined by the supplier, he said, adding that if the sticker is damaged in a year, the supplier will replace it without cost.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 30, 2014.