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No more “shoulder road” parking!

June 3 - 9, 2017

MAASIN CITY – In its bid to ease traffic congestion, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will soon be deputizing personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field offices to catch illegally parked vehicles on the national highways of the province.

Since it is the mandate of the transportation office (LTO) to apprehend illegally parked vehicles, the deputization of DPWH personnel will legalize the latter’s action.

“We will be coordinating with the local governments as to the specific streets and areas where motorists can park their vehicles and where they are not allowed to," said Rouella May Altar, DPWH-SLDEO road right of way agent.

These deputized DPWH personnel are authorized by the LTO to confiscate driver's licenses and plate numbers of illegally parked vehicles which will then be turned over to the transportation office.

The DPWH will acquire towing trucks to remove illegally parked vehicles, according to Altar.

LTO Head Arnulfo Retes confirmed to SLT that vehicles parked along the shoulder of the roads are illegal. “Including those who park under the ‘no parking’ signage,” Retes added.

According to Retes, erring vehicle owners will be penalized for more or less P1,000 pesos. If they commit the same offense for the third time, their license will be revoked.

It is sad to note that while the DPWH widened the roads, the expanded areas are being used as parking areas," Altar said.

As a start, the DPWH main office has directed all its regional and district offices to make sure that all national highways are free of barriers or structures to facilitate traffic and ensure safety of motorists.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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