NULLIFIED some two years ago, the City Council of Cagayan de Oro is planning to bring back a revised version of a scheme that will allow traffic enforcers of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) to "share" in the fines collected from traffic violators.
The new sharing law will include a provision which will prevent traffic enforcers from abusing it, City Councilor Teodulfo "Bong" Lao Jr. said.
The ordinance is currently being reviewed in the committee of public utilities, which Lao chairs.
The sharing scheme, otherwise known as Ordinance No. 7829-2001, provides RTA enforcers a share or portion of the administrative fines collected from or paid by traffic violators of the city's traffic rules and regulations. The sharing scheme allows enforcers to get 30 percent of the fines they collected from the traffic violators.
It can be recalled that former Councilor Ramon Tabor, then chairperson of the Committee on Police, Fire and Public Safety, pushed to repeal the ordinance. He pointed out that the ordinance had been abused by the traffic enforcers.
Tabor said, instead of being visible on the road, some enforcers would just hide and wait for drivers to violate traffic laws so that they can collect a share of penalties. Tabor also earlier said he doubts if traffic enforcers would still be enthusiastic if the sharing law will be removed.
But Lao said the rate of violators as well as the enforcers' performance in penalizing motorists is still high for the past two years, and this, even without the sharing law.
"Consistent ang ilang performance even without the sharing law. So the revised sharing law will include a provision, to control, if not to stop, the alleged abuses of the traffic enforcers," he said.
RTA chief Edgardo Uy, meanwhile, said he is hopeful that the law will be approved.
"Deserving gyud atong mga traffic enforcers ingani na incentive kay naa baya na sila sa init, ulan, sagpaon pa gyud, unya P10,000 lang ang sweldo taga bulan. This move will surely boost the morale of the team," he added.
Included in the sharing law are not only traffic enforcers, as the collected amount will also be shared along with the deputized traffic enforcers, such as barangay police, as well as the city's police officers themselves who are helping to ease traffic.
The share will also be distributed to the RTA employees who are not on the streets manning the traffic, but are in the office doing paperwork.
"Hopeful mi na ma-approve kay nakita nato na for the past years bisan wala na ang sharing law, taas ug paspas man gihapon atong pagpangdakop, so it's about time to get this back for the sake of our employees," he added.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 12, 2017.