Proposal to curb robbery inside jeepneys mulled-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
A GROUP in Cebu City wants public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers to help curb crimes committed against jeepney passengers.
Raul Amamag of the Philippine Identification Center (PIDC) asked the City Council to implement the project by asking jeepney drivers to light up the route number written in the front and rear portion of their units using light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
“In case of emergency like snatching or hold-up, the driver will only switch on the flasher so the signage (route number) will blink, calling then the attention of the authorities. Once implemented, troubles, accidents and being victimized by lawless elements can now be avoided,” Amamag said.
He also said that the project will benefit commuters in the city, especially the elderly.
“There are route numbers on top of jeepneys that are not written very well, and they are of different sizes. They could hardly be read during night time. When the route numbers are lit, it will be visible even from afar,” Amamag said.
In his letter to the City Council, Amamag said he anticipates that jeepney drivers and operators will oppose their proposal since it would mean additional cost to them.
“But if they come to realize its usefulness, advantages and the convenience that this brings, maybe they will say yes,” he said.
In their regular session, the council wants Amamag to appear before them in an executive session so the members of the legislative body can be briefed about the project.
The council scheduled the executive session on Oct. 16.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 16, 2013.