THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) officially received the Temporary Operators Permit (TOP) from the regional Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the apprehension and confiscation of driver’s license of erring drivers in the city.

Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, chair of Bacolod Traffic Management Authority said, the City Government received on Monday TOPs and IDs for the traffic enforcers issued by the LTO.

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Such will improve in the implementation of the rules and regulations of the city’s traffic situation.

Recently, the LTO also deputized 30 traffic enforcers in Bacolod City to improve the traffic situation of Bacolod.

Sayson cited that for the past months, the City Government didn’t issued TOP, which the city only issues citation tickets that does not cover driver’s license confiscation of the erring drivers.

With the TOP, Sayson said the traffic enforcers would enable to confiscate licenses of erring drivers, “with this development, we believe that the drivers will also follow traffic rules of the city.”

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

He noted that for the issuance of TOP to the erring drivers, the penalty which ranges from 300-400 percent is higher than the citation ticket.

Sayson said the City Government got an initial of 10 stabs or 500 pieces of TOP from the LTO which likewise guarantees BTAO to apprehend 500 traffic violators.

Sayson also noted that traffic snarl in Bacolod is primarily caused by the huge volume of private and public utility vehicles traversing major thoroughfares in the city.