Apprehend vehicles without car plates, lights

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


THE complaints of motorists allegedly being bothered by the rampant apprehension by the traffic authorities of violations of safety belt and safety helmet laws have drawn the ire of many.

Coffee talkers discussed this over a round table argument one morning. Why are traffic authorities making a fund-raising thing out of the apprehension of those not wearing seatbelts while they are lazy doing a night mission to regularly check whether cars and motorbikes or tricycles have stop lights, signal lights and brake lights, asked the insurance agent.

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Authorities are simply closing their eyes to vehicles that have no park lights and stoplights. These are more hazardous than violations of the seatbelt law. Having no park lights can trouble other motorists. Are the authorities lazy enough not to take that effort to work in the evening, the car salesman asked.

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The retired banker asked whether those tricycles plying the city have TPL insurance coverage. Take note that tricycles in towns and cities load a number of passengers at a given travel and this is a dangerous practice. Why is the traffic agency not checking on them, inquired the car salesman. Many also have no car plates.

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Calling the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office. Why are they tolerating trucks and cars parking at the center of the Sum-ag bridge? The BTAO traffic enforcer does not give a damn because he does not know what to do. He will answer you that those trucks and tricycles are there because of the fishing boats. So what if there are fishing boats. That does not give them the right to park along the bridge way. Calling Mayor Monico and traffic in-charge Dot Soliven who is expected to make the rounds of the city and know what is happening. This was the sentiment of the insurance agent who knows Soliven.

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On Friday, big bikers from Visayas Provinces will all converge in Iloilo City for the 25th Visayas Unity Ride of the member clubs of the Visayas Confederation of Big Bikers Club Philippines headed by Rolando Ting of Cebu. One of the biggest big biker delegations is the Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club headed by President Lito Aves.

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This column greets Owen and Jennifer Ong, Bill Gomez, Noni Lovina, Councilor Pedic Matti, Babes Fisher and Maricar Dabao, Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Councilor Cristina Romualdez, Jo Ann Castillo and Mia Mae Sy, Paolo Araneta and Jomay Regalado.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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