Itogon Officials Enacts Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Regulation
by Susan Aro LA TRINIDAD, Benguet , Sept. 7 (PIA) – –
Itogon officials crafted its own comprehensive transportation and traffic regulation for the protection and safety of the riding public and motorists and to control and regulate traffic. Itogon officials enacted Ordinance No. 150 series 2011 known as the Transportation and Traffic Ordinance which was favorably passed for review by members of the provincial board in a session held recently.
The legal basis for the crafting of the measure includes Republic Act 2264 otherwise known as the Local Autonomy Act, Commonwealth Act 146 otherwise known as the Public Service Law, and Republic Act 4136 otherwise known as the Land Transportation Act. Among the salient features of the ordinance are erection and operation of traffic-control signs and signals, proper driving, speed restrictions, traffic obstructions, violations on careless and dangerous driving and under the influence of liquor or drugs, other traffic violations under the National Traffic Code, exemptions and penalty provisions.
Moreover, in the minutes of the public consultation when the proposed ordinance was presented, Itogon Committee chair and proponent of the ordinance Councilor Arnel Bahingawan gathered some comments and recommendations. Issues raised in the public consultation were on the problem on illegal parking along portions of the highway, driving under the influence of liquor particularly those coming from the swimming pool area, arrest and imposition of penalties, cases of overloading, treatment of ‘colorum’ or unregistered vehicles used for public utility, and sharing scheme of proceeds from penalty collection.
Bahingawan also informed the office of the executive department by virtue of the creation of the implementing rules and regulations will create a towing team to include the members of the Philippine National Police in the enforcement of laws. *(JDP/SCA- PIA CAR, Benguet)