THE Provincial Highway Patrol Team (HPT) in Negros Oriental has flagged down 44 motorcycles of different makes for violations ranging from riding without drivers license to absence of proper documents such as registration papers, among others, in just one day.
PHT Team Leader Robelito Mariano said on Thursday, March 2, the impact could have been great if a temporary operator’s permit was issued to the violators so owners of the impounded motorcycles would feel how hard it is to redeem their units that are sporting modified mufflers.
The fines would be P5,000 for modified mufflers and P10,000 for motorcycles without registration, P3,000 for driving without license, and P1,500 for motorcycles without side mirrors.
Mariano said only citation tickets were issued, which is P500 penalty for modified mufflers, and P100 for motorcycles without side mirrors.
Confiscated mufflers and other gadgets will be turned over to the City Government for their disposal, a means to send a message that the PHT and Dumaguete City is serious in implementing City Ordinance 22.
The problem of the HPT is the lack of enough space as impounding area, enjoining the city to provide them with a bigger space so massive enforcement of the ordinance will be conducted.
For now, the HPT is waiting for violators to redeem their impounded units by paying the fines and replace the modified mufflers before they are allowed to bring the same.
Mariano has observed that with the implementation of the city ordinance, the HPT was able to reduce the number of carnapping incidents in the city.
In fact, a foreigner thanked the HPT for recovering his carnapped motorcycle during the conduct of the operation the whole day of Wednesday. (PNA)