BTAO told to remove motorcycles parked on sidewalks

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran urged the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to remove the motorcycles illegally parked along the city's sidewalks.

Familiaran said it has been observed that several motorcycles use the sidewalk as their parking area.

"We already removed the sidewalk vendors to clear the area. So, the motorcycles should not be there because it's a sidewalk. They should park their motorcycles in the proper parking area and not in the sidewalk," he said.

Familiaran also ordered BTAO head Police Colonel Luisito Acebuche to identify an area where motorists can properly park.

BTAO was also tasked to prohibit business establishment owners to put a "no parking" sign in front of their buildings.

"It's a public road, so the business establishment should not put a sign as if that they owned the space," Familiaran said.

Last week, the City Council already approved a resolution requesting the City Legal Office to enforce the City Ordinance 559, Series of 2011 or an ordinance prohibiting all store owners and establishments from putting up signs for "exclusive use" or "reserve parking only" and other obstacles in front of their stores and business establishments as the space is for public use.

The resolution was authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, chairperson of the City Council committee on urban planning and development.

Baribar said the continued practice of placing signages or obstacles in portions of streets, sidewalks, alleys, and roadways are still rampant that it reduces parking space and increases traffic problems.

Article V of the said ordinance provides that signages or obstacles placed by the owners shall be removed at their expense or by the Traffic Management, Bacolod Traffic Authority, agents of Public Order Safety Office (Poso), barangay officials and their tanods.


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