TRUCK drivers and operators might soon be mandated by law to clean their vehicle tires of mud before hitting the streets.

The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) held yesterday a public hearing in the legislative building on the proposed ordinance.

The ordinance, titled The Cebu Provincial Mud-Free Highway Ordinance, was crafted by PB Members Thadeo Jovito M. Ouano and Sun Shimura.

“Para man gyud ni sa safety, especially sa mga motorists (This is for the safety of motorists) in going north to south,” said Shimura.

“I don’t see a problem in the ordinance, unless mangreklamo ni atong mga sugar plantations and construction companies sa uban districts but maayo man gyud ni sa safety sa tanan.” (I don’t see a problem in the ordinance unless sugar plantation and construction firms from some districts would complain, but this is good for the safety of everyone),” Shimura said.

Ouano, on the other hand, said he crafted the ordinance because of what happened to one of his staff last year in Medellin.

“Naaksidente sila didto sa Medellin because of the mud on the road. Maybe kusog kaayo mopadagan ang driver (They had an accident in Medellin because of the mud on the road. Maybe the motorist was driving too fast), because of the weather, but all these factors contributed to the incident.”

He said they heard reports from different districts about accidents. Ouano said the ordinance is “very basic” and that the bottom line is it’s for the safety of the riding public.

He said they are trying to develop a culture where drivers won’t be reckless. “We’ll penalize them kung masayop sila (We’ll penalize them if they have done wrong). If they have grievances they can always go to the Provincial Legal Office.” (John Paul Fajardo, Rolyn May Jumao-as, USJR Interns)