THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) seized a total of 100 overloaded sugarcane trucks in the city from December 1 to 13.
Superintendent Luisito Acebuche, head of BTAO, said Friday that most of the truck drivers were arrested along the Circumferential Road.
He said the drivers were fined not less than P5,000 while their driver’s license was confiscated.
Acebuche explained that the truck load should not exceed by 14 feet height.
On November 30, a family of four died when a 10-wheeler truck loaded with sugarcane fell on their car along the national highway of Hacienda Remy in Barangay Atipuluan, Bago City.
Acebuche said about three traffic enforcers were assigned along Circumferential Road to monitor the entry of sugarcane trucks as well as the 10-wheeler trucks.
Councilor Caesar Distrito had earlier urged the BTAO, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to monitor the entry of overloaded sugarcane trucks.
“BTAO and LTO should strictly control and apprehend the erring sugarcane truck drivers, and to enforce the truck ban," Distrito said.
He said the City Government is implementing the truck ban from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, a total of 450 tricycles were also seized by BTAO in various areas from December 1 to 13.
Acebuche said the drivers were fined P1,500 and their units were impounded for lack of business permit and certificate of registration.
Most of the units were seized from the areas of Barangays 1, 7 Pta. Taytay, Sum-ag, Taculing, Granada, Alijis, and Mansilingan.
Acebuche said the drivers should pay their penalties and present their documents to claim their units at BTAO.