THE Cebu City Government has prohibited motor vehicle owners from queuing in front of gasoline stations from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on national roads starting Wednesday, December 22, 2021.
This, after Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed a new directive to ensure that major thoroughfares in the city are not hampered with massive gridlocks.
Rama said the traffic situation in the city worsened after Typhoon Odette (Rai) when people were forced to line up in gasoline stations after the storm caused a blackout.
Through his directive, Rama hopes to free major roads of traffic in order to give way to vehicles carrying essential goods and for heavy equipment to quickly travel to respond to areas where there are possible obstructions caused by the typhoon.
“No stopping allowed” rule along our major thoroughfares, streets and designated roadways shall be strictly enforced. Therefore, queuing or lining up beyond the premises of fuel stations that extend into our streets and avenues shall not be allowed,” Rama said in his directive.
Anyone caught violating the mayor’s directive will be issued a traffic citation or a temporary operator’s permit, depending on the gravity of the violation.
Lawyer Gerry Carillo, chairman of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC), said the City has established a fueling depot at the South Road Properties (SRP) where motorists who are not accommodated by gasoline stations can get fuel.
But private motor vehicle owners can buy only a maximum of 20 liters of gasoline per day while government, public utility and essential vehicles can get a full tank’s worth of fuel.
The local police and the Cebu City Transportation Office have been tasked to implement Rama’s directive.