30 vehicles impounded in joint checkpoint at SRP

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AT LEAST 30 vehicles have been impounded for various violations uncovered during inspections at a checkpoint conducted by four agencies at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City on Friday, July 22, 2022.

The checkpoint, which was manned by personnel from the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) , Cebu City Police Office, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas, was part of a simultaneous operation by the four agencies in different parts of the country.

According to Maj. Silvestre Cenia Jr., chief of HPG’s Metro Cebu headquarters, 20 motorcycles and 10 four-wheeled vehicles were impounded for various traffic violations under Presidential Decree 96, which prohibits the use or attachment of sirens, bells, horns, whistles or similar gadgets that emit exceptionally loud or startling sounds, including domelights and other signalling or flashing devices on motor vehicles.

Some of the cars impounded were those whose owners had been blacklisted by banks for failing to pay their car loan, Cenia added.

Some motorists were also issued citation tickets and temporary operator’s permits (TOP) for lack of documents for their vehicles, while others were apprehended for failing to renew their vehicle’s registration and driver’s license.

Those with improvised motorcycle mufflers were also issued citation tickets and TOP.

Pandemic blamed

Some of the violators cited the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason for their not having been able to renew their documents, but Cenia said the LTO had been giving them an extension of at least two months to give them more time to renew.

“Moingon sila nga tungod sa pandemic, until now normal na man at nagbigay naman ng memo ang taga LTO. Halimbawa mga duha ka buwan wala pa ma rehistro imong sakyanan o motor kana amo gitagaan og chance, pero kung six months na ug usa ka tuig na guro murag dili na maayo,” Cenia added.

(They said because of the pandemic, but it’s already normal now and the LTO has issued a memo. For example, if your car or motorcycle hasn’t been registered for two months, we gave them a chance, but if it’s six months or even a year, them maybe that’s not acceptable). (AYB / TPT)

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