THE City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head said the agency is closely coordinating with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to monitor utility vans (UV), days after a collision between a passenger van and a six wheeler truck resulted into 10 deaths.
CTTMO head Dionesio Abude said that the office supports the board resolution passed by the LTFRB in the conduct of the inspection.
“Nagasabot mi kung unsa ang system na buhaton sa LTFRB para sa joint operations, ready nami muhatag ug support in terms of inspection (We are now talking on what system the LTFRB will implement for the joint operations, we are ready to give support in terms of inspection),” he said.
During inspections the operational aspects of the van, its machine condition of the van, and its documents will be checked.
Abude said the LTFRB is the main agency to check the franchise and the legality of the documents.
He added that they will check if the drivers have attended the PUV education program conducted to different drivers of Public Utility Vehicles.
“Daghan og problema ang mga driver. Tan-awon nato kung legal ba gyud sila ug naga-attend sa atong seminar… Naa man tay gipatigayon nga PUV drivers education program kung naka-attend jud sila kay nganong reckless man kaayo sila (There are a lot of problems with drivers. We will check if they are legal and if they have attended the seminars... We conduct PUV driver’s education program, we will check if they have attended this, I wonder why they are so reckless),” he added.
He said the PUV drivers who have undergone orientation include those that travel in the whole Davao Region.
Abude added that with the tragic incident at Kilometer 21 crossing Mahayag, Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City on Wednesday, June 14, wherein 10 individuals were dead while eight were injured, the CTTMO are eyeing to expand the enforcement area of their traffic enforcers.
“I expanded the area, we have made a team to monitor truck ban, so they will also implement (speed limit) in their area, not only in downtown,” he said adding that they have a team stationed at Bunawan, Toril, and Catalunan Pequeño and he gave permission each to apprehend during dawn.
He said they have a total of 346 personnel all in all, including those working CTTMO offices.
Abude said they have four operational speed guns and they have requested additional ten speed guns to implement the speed limit ordinance. He said that additional speed guns will be very useful coupled with proper cooperation from stakeholders. (KVC)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on June 20, 2017.
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