TAGBILARAN CITY, February 22, (PIA)—The government literally steamrolled its crackdown against noisy motorcycles fitted with improvised mufflers as Police Regional Officer in Charge for Region 7 (PRO-7) along with local police officers including the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) witnessed the destruction of 126 confiscated mufflers from operation in Tagbilaran City.
No less than PRO 7 officer In Charge Police Chief Superintendent Manuel R. Gaerlan, Bohol Police Chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin, HPG Chief Superintendent Saturnino Sedigo and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap who witnessed the initial batch of mufflers destroyed through being rolled over by a steamroller vibrator at Camp Dagohoy grounds, February 22.
Earlier, Tagbilaran City residents have been complaining of the noise from motorcycles, especially at night time and asked the police to do something about it.
Later, in his facebook status, City Mayor Yap showed an impound of motorcycles at the City Police Station apparently the result of a crackdown on these type of noisy and loud motorcycles.
City Mayor Yap said the Tagbilaran City Police station impounded a total of 47 motorcycles in less than a week for using the "noisy mufflers."
Camp Dagohoy issued an advisory and invited media through short message system to document the destruction of 126 mufflers which police authorities have confiscated in line with Oplan Alimpos.
According to PSSupt Dennis Agustin, Oplan Alimpus is a proactive police move to implement the Anti-Criminality Campaign simultaneously against Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) for huge and wide impact in Bohol.
It uses all the police officers and men in Bohol's police stations, its regional and provincial public safety battalions and as well as highway patrol groups who would lead the implementation of all applicable traffic laws.
Alimpos however stresses on checking on drivers licenses, speed freaks, minors and those intoxicated who still drive, unregistered vehicles with illegal modifications and un-prescribed accessories which endanger not just the drivers but other motorists and pedestrians as well.
Apparently, the improvised mufflers have been the first casualties, as they have been detached from erring motorcycles which police flag down during operations.
PSupt Vale told media that apprehended vehicles are impounded at the City Police station and could only be released after the owners could bring in the original mufflers and attach to the motorcycle and then pay the prescribed the penalties as stated in the City ordinance.
The erring motorists who are found to have motorcycles with improvised mufflers pay P200 but could only retrieve their impounded vehicles when they could present the motorcycles original muffler or suffer the consequences of the Joint Administrative Order from the Land Transportation Office which pegs the penalties at P15,000.
The mufflers were of different kinds, some were plain mufflers which are sold at P1,200 while some mufflers up for destruction were sold at P8,000, making the operation easily total over P250,00.
Meanwhile, PCSupt. Gaerlan said among his reasons for coming were to supervise the operation of the BPPS and support their men in the Operation Lambat Sibat, which also supports the move to apprehend traffic violators and criminals on motorcycles. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)