Council approves new public vehicles bill-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
THE City Council has approved an ordinance that will regulate public vehicles in Lapuz district, Iloilo City to ease out traffic congestion.
City councilor Plaridel Nava, who introduced the ordinance, said the regulation will differentiate Bo Obrero and Lapuz public utility jeepneys (PUJs) plying and operating in the district.
The law, which will take effect after 10 days from publication in a newspaper in Western Visayas, will prohibit all Bo Obrero PUJs from loading passengers going to the city proper from the corner of Abanilla Street until the Quirino Lopez Bridge.
The PUJs will only be allowed to pick up passengers when going back to the direction of Bo Obrero.
Violators will be penalized by a fine of P300 to be paid at the city treasurer’s office.
Sidecars (trisikads) will not be allowed to traverse and ply the entire road of Barangay Rizal Lapuz Sur to Bo Obrero plaza.
The vehicles may carry passengers from Barangay Jalandoni Estate and Libertad to Barangay Don Esteban, Sinikway, Alalasan and Punong by passing through Abanilla Street.
After unloading its passengers, sidecars should immediately go back and will be prohibited from picking up passengers along the way from point of destination until reaching the point of origin.
Parking is also prohibited in the entire stretch of the road from Barangay Rizal to Bo Obrero Plaza.
Nava said the operation of sidecars in the district has not been properly regulated which causes traffic disarray in the main thoroughfare, junctions and alleys.
He said among the complaints they often receive were over-lapping in the jurisdiction where passengers are loaded and unloaded; reckless driving; and over-speeding of cargo trucks passing the entire stretch of Rizal and Don Esteban Jalandoni streets.