TAGBILARAN CITY, June 13 (PIA)--Before a vehicle would be immobilized by clamping, or towed, traffic enforcers must allow for 15 minutes to locate the owners or allow them to move their vehicles elsewhere.
This sums up the last efforts that the city would be willing to give, when the proposed clamping ordinance gets to pass its final reading, published and be effectively implementable.
The proposed ordinance gives teeth to City Ordinance C-189 series of 2005which designated parking and no parking zones in the city, explains Councilor Bebiano Inting during a public hearing last week.
This too as the city Traffic Management Office has started installing signs, Parking regulations, Restrictions and Prohibitions in preparation for a full implementation of the local ordinance the city officials sees as crucial in smoothening up the traffic snags in the city.
Earlier, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap assured that the imposition of the clamping ordinance, should it pass through final reading, would be done only after a full information dissemination has been done.
He also assured that the City would cause the installation of visible signs as information to the general public and motorists who may be affected by the disciplinary scheme.
Immobilized vehicles through the setting up of clams are meted penalties, according to the ordinance.
Six wheeled vehicles parking in prohibited areas when clamped pay P1,000.00.
Four wheeled vehicles, when accosted and clamped, can only be freed from immobilization upon the payment of pay P 500.00 and drivers of motorcycles or tricycles left out in no parking zones need to pay P200.00 to be back in the streets running.
"This should help us properly implement the law better," adds city traffic consultant retired police Inspector Antonio Samante.
Meanwhile, any person who tampers and attempts to illegally release the clamping device is meted an additional P500 penalty or pay not more than P5,000 for the cost of the damaged device or imprisonment for 30 days, or both at the discretion of the courts.
And to any person who harasses or interferes the tasks of the traffic enforcer in implementing the ordinance could be meted a fine of not more than P5,000, plus a potential stay in jail for 30 days, at the discretion of the courts.
What is even more worth the thought is the proposed ordinance exempts from liability traffic enforcers who, in their performance of the task of towing, damages part of the vehicle.
City Administrator Leonides Borja also thinks a stricter parking policy in Tagbilaran could streamline the traffic flow even as he said the City is also implementing a no parking space no permit policy especially on establishments along the main thoroughfares. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)