CCTO issues 4,000 citation tickets during 1st 15 days of 2023

FIFTEEN days since the start of 2023, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) has already issued more than 4,000 citation tickets to traffic violators.

A total of 453 motorcycles, 20 private vehicles, and 16 trisikads were also brought to the impounding facility of the CCTO, while a total of 361 vehicles were clamped.

Based on the CCTO’s report, most of the violations were expired vehicle registration and driving without a license.

Violators are urged to settle their infractions immediately to avoid being sued in court.

CCTO head Raquel Arce told SunStar Cebu Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, that during the Sinulog Festival last Jan. 15, their team also conducted a towing operation at the South Road Properties (SRP).

A total of 17 motorcycles and seven vehicles parked in undesignated areas were towed by the CCTO, said Arce.

The CCTO’s operation during the Sinulog started at 2 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m. since their tow truck can no longer enter the parade route where the street dancing and parade were happening.

According to Arce, the gridlocks experienced during the Sinulog were caused by the closure of the SRP and at the same time the huge number of revelers who witnessed the festivities.

Arce said that on F. Vestil Road in Barangay Mambaling, two lanes of the road were already occupied by people and it hampered the flow of traffic.

A controlled traffic scheme was also implemented in the SRP tunnel since its exhaust fan was not functioning and this might cause health emergencies in case of traffic jams, she added.