Dumaguete to ask motorists to pay traffic fines before getting mayor’s permit

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) —  Dumaguete City is set to pass an ordinance seeking to address the seeming unequal enforceability of traffic rules for public and private vehicles.

If passed, all motorists with pending traffic violations will no longer be granted a mayor’s permit, franchise, tax clearance and other permits from the City of Dumaguete unless they shall have paid the accessory fines and penalties.

It was observed that virtually 100 percent of owners of public utility vehicles have paid their administrative fines but just less than 50% of the owners of private vehicles do so.

City Councilor Alan Cordova, author of the proposed ordiance, explained that this is due to the fact that the LGU has greater regulatory power over the vehicles used for public utility and considerably less over private carriers.

Specifically to address the inequality, Cordova proposed an ordinance that would make it a requirement for the payment of traffic violations fines and penalties before a regulatory permit or franchise shall be issued by the city government of Dumaguete.

Under the proposed measure, applicants for original or renewal of permits and franchises must first secure a clearance from the Traffic Management Office to indicate that they have no traffic violation fine or penalty still unpaid to the city government.

The clearance shall be free of charge.

This latest proposal is part of the comprehensive scheme of enhancing the enforcement of traffic rules to ease the gridlock in major streets, especially that a substantial number of violators are owners of private vehicles who are less inclined to pay the penalties and fines.

The proposal will be subject to plenary debates on second reading and after a public hearing shall have been called. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 10, 2017)

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