DRIVERS in Mandaue City will have five warnings before their illegally parked vehicles will be towed by the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) under a proposed towing ordinance.
The Mandaue City Council approved on first reading the towing ordinance, authored by Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, on Monday, March 2, 2020.
In a press conference, Lumapas said that through the ordinance, the Team can tow and impound any vehicle obstructing the sidewalks and roads in Mandaue City.
He said the purpose of the towing ordinance is not only to clear the roads of obstruction but also to discipline motorists, thereby easing congestion in the city.
Lawyer Ernesto Maringuran, Team head, said that once the ordinance is passed, illegally parked vehicles that are unattended will be towed immediately while drivers of the attended vehicles will be issued a citation.
“Mobusina pa mi kalima with a one-minute interval. Then if wala’y driver then amo na i-tow (We will blow the tow truck’s horn five times with one-minute intervals. If the driver is not around, we will tow the vehicle),” said Maringuran.
The driver of the illegally parked vehicle will have to pay the violation fee and those for towing and storage, he added.
Maringuran said the towing fee will only serve as a service fee of the tow truck while a storage fee will be charged for each day the vehicle remains unclaimed.
“Our towing fee is from P500 to P5,000, depending on the size of the vehicle,” he said.
Lumapas said that before the towing ordinance, they only clamp illegally parked vehicles, which could still obstruct the roads. This is unlike towing which can clear the roads immediately, he added.
Maringuran, however, admitted that Mandaue City has only one towing truck and implementing the towing ordinance would be difficult, especially if there would be plenty of violators.
“We are not really after nga hutdon ni og dakop tanan. This is to send the message to the violators that pagtarung mo diha kay kung makit-an mo namo bunloton gyud mo namo (We are not after catching all violators. This is to send them a message that they must follow the rules or they will be apprehended),” he said.
In a separate interview, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said the city is open to having an agreement with private towing companies.
Maringuran said Mandaue City has three established impounding areas. One is located at the back of the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, another in Dungguan in Barangay Basak and the third in Barangay Labogon near the Mandaue City slaughterhouse.
Impounded vehicles that remain unclaimed for six months will be subject to bidding or public auction. (KFD)