THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) collected P742,000 worth of penalties from erring drivers between January 1 and February 15 this year.

Superintendent Luisito Acebuche, head of BTAO, said that once apprehended, the violator is given 72 hours to pay the penalty.

Violators involving colorum vehicles pay P1,500; truck ban, P1,000; towing, P300; reckless driving, P300; beating the red light, P300; arrogant drivers, P300; driving without driver’s license, P300; illegal parking and obstruction, P150; illegal terminal, P150; and public utility drivers wearing slippers and sando, P100.

On December 2016, the City Council approved Ordinance 09-16-790 authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, allowing traffic enforcers to confiscate driver’s license through the issuance of citation tickets to erring drivers.

Acebuche said the ordinance has been a big help in disciplining motorists to avoid traffic violations.

Ramos had earlier said that in the previous year, the Land Transportation Office did not issue temporary operating permits to the enforcers and disallowed them from confiscate driver’s license.

He added that he will file an ordinance that will allow BTAO’s collection to be deposited to the city’s trust fund so they can use 70 percent of the amount for the traffic program.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the Ordinance 09-16-790 allowed traffic enforcers to be more efficient in arresting erring drivers.

He added that he will support the plan of Ramos to deposit the BTAO collection to the city’s trust fund.