Body number sticker ordinance opposed

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Monday, May 12, 2014


THE City Council of Bacolod has deferred action on the proposed ordinance filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. requiring all public transport vehicles plying the city streets to secure the body number stickers from the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO).

Gamboa, vice chairman of the committee on transportation, filed the proposed measure during the Council’s regular session last Wednesday and it was seconded by Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue.

Councilor Em Ang opposed while Councilors Caesar Distrito and El Cid Familiaran registered an abstention which led Sigue to withdraw her motion.

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Familiaran said the approval of the ordinance would mean double taxation as the city already charges four-wheel drive public utility vehicles P1,300 plus for their business permit.

This includes a sticker or common carrier sticker, he said.

Tricycle drivers also pay more than P400, including commodity sticker which is the big sticker displayed on their windshields.

The body number stickers were issued about 15 years ago for easy identification especially against colorum or unregistered vehicles, Familiaran noted.

“So they required body numbers for easy identification. But for me, it’s for the lazy as after the renewal of permits one month after the deadline, you can conduct road worthiness test. There you can inspect if the driver has complied with the requirements like business permit,” he said.

He added: "Why charge them for another sticker for your convenience?
Maybe he (Gamboa) can amend an existing ordinance and incorporate all other requirements in one common carrier sticker not requiring them to get another sticker."

The current charges of the city for business permit is P1,370 for jeep and taxi and P455 for tricycle.

"And you can just inspect them so why impose additional charges that will make the lives of our operators and drivers more difficult and miserable? We should even help them," Familiaran said.

In the proposed ordinance, there will be an additional P300 for jeepney and taxi and P150 for tricycle for the body number stickers.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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