BTAO told: Enforce traffic rules

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) initially recommended to Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to strictly enforce anti-jaywalking ordinance and traffic rules to arrest violators.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Luisito Acebuche, head of BTAO, said Thursday, April 25, they already received an initial recommendation from MMDA to strictly enforce the anti-jaywalking ordinance, arrest the double parking violators in the roads.

“These are their initial recommendations that need an immediately solution. Hopefully, by end of the month we will have the final Traffic Management Masterplan from the MMDA to address the traffic problem here,” he said.

The initial recommendation was issued by MMDA traffic and engineering center director Neomie Recio to BTAO in March.

In December 2018, the MMDA conducted a 12-day study in Bacolod City for free.

The MMDA performs planning, monitoring and coordinative functions, and in the process exercises regulatory and supervisory authority over the delivery of metro-wide services within Metro Manila.

A traffic master plan could cost millions if done by private groups but MMDA is assisting Bacolod City for free.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier said that according to a report of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the number of registered motor vehicles in Bacolod in 2017 was 92, 827, or an increase of 7, 849 as compared to 84, 978 in 2016.

The LTO told Leonardia that the number of vehicles in 2017, which was 92, 827, is already comparable to the total number of cars of a region in other parts of the country.

Acebuche said that two teams of traffic enforcers were already deployed to various areas to arrest violators especially at the downtown area.

He said the MMDA’s recommendation is a big help to address the traffic situation in various areas of Bacolod.

“Several erring motorists and jaywalking violators were already arrested since January,” he added.

Acebuche said he will also recommend to the city council to increase the penalties on double parking violators, obstruction as well as the jaywalking from P100 to P1,000 and above.

The BTAO chief added that most of the violators were arrested at the downtown area, Libertad and Burgos streets.


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