Briones: It’s on

I STILL don’t have the numbers, but I wonder how many motorists the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) apprehended and how many vehicles it impounded on the first day it enforced Executive Order (EO) 34, which Mayor Tomas Osmeña finally signed last Friday?

According to CCTO Operations Chief Francisco Ouano, they could have started flagging violators during the weekend, but they preferred implementing EO 34 yesterday because more vehicles were expected on the road.

Maybe his office made some serious money. The last time I checked, violators have to pay a P500-penalty.

The CCTO would have made a killing had the mayor not changeD his mind about collecting storage fees for impounding the vehicle for 30 days.

That would have been P15,000 for trucks, P9,000 for light four-wheeled vehicles and P3,000 for motorcycles, but Osmeña had a sudden change of heart and decided to be magnanimous about the whole thing.

“I am not interested in fines. I’ll just keep the vehicles for 30 days. No storage fees. Free storage fee ‘cause people who have money will just pay,” he told reporters.

With that said, I wonder how many altercations took place between traffic enforcers and apprehended motorists, who, I’m pretty sure, tried to weasel their way out of their predicament by feigning ignorance?

For those who still don’t know, “the order will cover all forms of reckless driving, but particularly driving left or more commonly known as counterflow, as defined under Republic Act 4136, or the Traffic Code of the Philippines, and City Ordinance 801, or the Traffic Code of Cebu City.”

Violators should take heed, the mayor is serious about EO 34.

Osmeña had received numerous complaints from the public about these road menace. Apparently, he and many others got fed up with drivers who have no regard for traffic laws, posing a danger to their fellow drivers and pedestrians, because they don’t like being stalled in traffic.

I mean, who does?

Anyway, even opposition members jumped on the bandwagon and supported the mayor’s move.

They all want the same thing. Of course, public safety is foremost on their minds, but most importantly, they just want to instill discipline among motorists.

Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia came up with the suggestion to hire more traffic enforcers to ensure that EO 34 is thoroughly implemented, and Osmeña agreed.

Councilor Joel Garganera said motorists who follow the law have nothing to be afraid of.

And they shouldn’t be. After all, the purpose of EO 34 is to look after their welfare.

To quote Osmeña: “I don’t want to catch anybody, I just don’t want people to be abusing.”
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