Gov’t vehicles ‘not exempted’ from parking regulations

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Friday, June 27, 2014


A VEHICLE with red plates and owned by Barangay Tagbao, Cebu City was clamped for illegally parking near the Gotiaoco Bldg. on Burgos St.

Nineteen other vehicles, mostly motorcycles owned by employees of the Cebu City Hall, were also clamped for parking on the same street.

The City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) later released Tagbao’s vehicle after it paid the penalty on the traffic violation.

Citom Operations Chief Jonathan Tumulak said the driver of the barangay vehicle did not know parking is temporarily banned in the area to pave way for the development of the Gotiaoco Bldg, which will be converted into a Chinese museum.

“Most of them park along Burgos St., near the Gotiaco Bldg. since it’s closer to City Hall,” Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu.

The area was originally a pay-parking zone.

New parking zone

“Let us inform the public, particularly City Hall employees, that all parking spaces are now in the Senior Citizens’ Park,” he said.

The park is located near the century-old building.

“We want also to remind City Hall employees that Citom does not exempt anyone from implementing the policy,” Tumulak said.

Tumulak was referring to City Ordinance 1664, or the clamping ordinance.

Under the ordinance, Citom will clamp vehicles that are parked on no-parking zones and vehicles that park overnight on city streets.

But before it clamps a vehicle, the Citom must inform the driver through a public address system that he is committing a violation and failure to move the vehicle will result to clamping.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2014.

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