Sunday, September 26, 2021

Citom looks for erring drivers

Serious business. Citom operations chief Jonathan Tumulak (second from left) leads a team of enforcers tasked with serving warrants to public and private vehicle drivers who have ignored for years the traffic violations they committed. (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

CITOM wants to tell motorists it means business.

The traffic management body in Cebu City has 307 bench warrants for private and public vehicle drivers who have unsettled traffic violations.

Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) operations chief Jonathan Tumulak said that seven warrants were served yesterday.

One of the warrants was for Regin Del Mayor, whose brother is a police official. Del Mayor was not around to receive the warrant so his brother, the police officer, accepted it on his behalf.

“We prioritized the serving of bench warrants to private vehicle owners to show that they are not exempted,” Tumulak said.

He said that common traffic violations included disregard of road signs, making wrong turns and parking on no-parking zones.

Tumulak said that Citom will serve more bench warrants next week.

The warrants were issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 7 Judge Francisco Seville Jr.

In 2013, Citom served bench warrants to 32 public utility jeepney drivers.

The erring drivers owed Cebu City about P1.6 million in fines. One jeepney driver accumulated fines that reached P139,000 for 350 violations he committed since 1999.

Last year, Citom served bench warrants to 45 drivers of public and private vehicles.

A bench warrant is issued when an accused does not appear during a scheduled court proceeding.

Citom personnel also apprehended yesterday 10 motorcycles that were parked on R. Landon Extension, which used to be a pay-parking zone.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama prohibited roadside parking in the area to prevent traffic congestion. The road, near the Police Regional Office 7 headquarters has also been converted into a no-stopping-anytime zone.

Citom issued citation tickets to the motorcycle owners and ordered them to vacate the roadside.

But traffic enforcers found that one of the motorcycles did not have a license plate. The motorcycle bore a sticker that says, “Police.”

Citom impounded the motorcycle and ordered the owner to explain the violation.
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