Friday, September 20, 2019

Public, motorists urged to obey with traffic rules

A DAVAO City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) official called for the cooperation of pedestrians, passengers and public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to comply with traffic rules.

CTTMO officer-in-charge Dionisio Abude said they are prioritizing the designation of the "yellow boxes" or the designated jeepney stops according to their routes.

"If we don't separate the loading and unloading areas per route, the vehicles will all clog up. Double or triple parking will happen. He said jeepneys should just stop at designated areas for a maximum of 10 seconds to avoid clogging up," he said.

A total of 2,000 pedestrian lanes, included those located at the national highway, are targeted to be repainted.

The Department of Public Works and Highways volunteered to take care of the pedestrian lanes in national highways, giving priority to those located in intersections.

Abude also said there are already 35 pedestrian lanes repainted by CTTMO, prioritizing the lanes located in business center areas.

He added the lack of proper parking areas has been one of the reasons of road congestions, with cars just being parked at the sides of the road.

"We might bring back the pay parking zone so our roads will not be simply just used as parking areas. We also have two towing vehicles. We have another two coming. So with that, if we do not have voluntary discipline, these illegally-parked vehicles will be towed," Abude said.

According to their record from February 16 to April 12, there had already been a total of 137 payong-payong impounded and 34 motorcycles impounded.

For those who violated the executive order 39 or the Speed Limit Regulations, 299 apprehensions were already recorded.

"While we have ongoing discipline for the CTTMO employees, we are also maximizing the utilization of our facilities. My request also is the discipline of our road users. We hope that there is voluntary discipline on our parts because no matter how much we implement traffic rules and regulations, if no voluntary discipline, the CTTMO will really implement maximum implementation of the traffic rules," Abude said.
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