CH supports ‘grievance’ against higher fines

THE Mandaue City Government will pass a resolution supporting the call of a driver’s group to lower the penalties imposed by Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01.

The Pagkakaisa ng Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) Mandaue City had sent a letter to Councilor Elstone Dabon, chair of committee on transportation, communication and public utilities, last July asking the City for help on this matter.

JAO 2014-01, or the Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulating Governing Land Transportation, was jointly issued by the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Department of Transportation and Communication last June 2.

New rates

Based on the order, drivers who are driving without a license will pay a fine of P3,000, from the previous P1,500.

For driving an unregistered motor vehicle, the penalty was raised from P2,000 (first offense), P4,000 (second offense), P5,000 (third offense) to P10,000.

Violators of expired plates will pay from P200 to P2,000 to P5,000.

Colorum bus operators will be fined P1 million; P200,000 for van and truck operators; P120,000 for sedan operators; P50,000 for jeepney owners; and P6,000 for motorcycle operators.

The group met with city officials yesterday, including Councilor Nenita Layese, chairperson of the committee on laws and ordinances.

Greg Perez, coordinator of Piston Cebu, said they believe the City is doing its best to help them with their concerns.

u201cIt’s a big win for the transport sector of Mandaue that the City Council is doing its best by passing a resolution against the JAO implementation,” Perez said in Cebuano.

As to their other requests, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) Head Edwin Ermac said jeepney drivers can load and unload passengers anywhere as long as there is a no “no-stopping sign.”

Ermac and the driver’s group will meet tomorrow to discuss jeepney routes.

Ermac also told the group to report to him abusive traffic enforcers so they can be punished.

In its letter last July, the group had also asked the City to remove Ermac as head of Team.

Ermac had said he would only resign if Mayor Jonas Cortes asks him to.

After yesterday’s meeting, Perez said they might reconsider their request.

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