A TOTAL of 51 citation tickets and Temporary Operators Permits (TOPs) were issued by Highway Patrol Team (HPT) in Negros Oriental in just one day.
The HPT, headed by Police Senior Inspector Robelito Mariano, on Monday, May 22, intensified its conduct of anti-carnapping operations and monitoring of violations of the Land Transportation Code on the Philippines.
Of the number, 35 motorcycles were impounded, while verification is ongoing to determine if any of these are stolen vehicles or not.
Mariano said HPT Negros Oriental was assisted by 12 personnel from the highway patrol group in the Negros Island Region, with only two of them being deputized by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to issue TOP, and three other personnel deputized by the Dumaguete City government to issue citation tickets.
Questions were raised as to why the HPT singled out the motorcycles.
Mariano said they also flagged down four wheel vehicles but these had complete papers.
He advised motorists to fix accessories of their units, bring original copies of the Certificate of Registration and Official Receipts as well as driver’s license so driving would be enjoyable in the city.
He explained the revised schedule of penalties was provided for under a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) between the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the LTO, and the highway patrol group was merely enforcing the JAO and other road regulations.
Since not all are LTO deputized agents, those who were issued citation tickets during the anti-carnapping operations were lucky because of lesser fines and penalties.
The next biggest problem now of the HPT is the impounding area for motorcycles that were issued citation tickets and TOPs, Mariano said.
The first day of operation was at the Bagacay-Valencia route while the next day will be at the routes going to Sibulan or Bacong. (Juancho Gallarde/PNA)