THE regional Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently deputized 30 traffic enforcers in Bacolod City, said Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeues Sayson, chair of Bacolod Traffic Management Authority.

He said LTO’s deputizing of the city’s 30 traffic enforces is a big help to improve the traffic situation in Bacolod.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 27, 2010.

The LTO is slated to distribute IDs to the traffic enforces, together with the issuance of a Temporary Operators Permit (TOP).

“The traffic enforces will have enough teeth to strictly enforce traffic rules and regulations of the city,” said Sayson.

With the TOP, Sayson said the traffic enforcers would enable to confiscate licenses of erring drivers.

He said politics was the reason why for so many years the request of the City Government for its traffic enforces be deputized was turned down.

Sayson also noted that the bad traffic situation in Bacolod is primarily caused by the huge volume of vehicles traversing major thoroughfares in the city.

He cited that with the good price of sugar being enjoined by the sugar industry players, this has caused to the increase in volume of new models of vehicles that also added to traffic snarl in Bacolod.

Sayson scored that the huge volume of private vehicles in the city and the undisciplined public utility drivers apparently contribute to the traffic mess.