49 vehicles seized

FORTY-NINE vehicles were impounded by authorities during the Oplan Lambat Bitag Sasakyan in various places in the city on Wednesday morning.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said four four-wheeled vehicles and 45 motorcycles, including seven units with sidecar, were confiscated due to various road violations.

Tagum said the operation also resulted in the confiscation of 230 driver’s licenses and the issuance of 23 citation tickets.

Tagum said the Oplan Lambat Bitag Sasakyan aims to clear the city of stolen and unregistered vehicles.

Joining the DCPO in the regular operation are agents of the Task Force Davao, Land Transportation XI, Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) and Regional Mobile Force Battalion.

In yesterday’s operation, agents rounded up the streets under the police jurisdiction of Sta. Ana, San Pedro, Talomo, Sasa, Buhangin , Bunawan, Toril, Tugbok and Calinan.

All impounded motor vehicles were endorsed to the Traffic Group compound for proper disposition.


Solon wants inventory of government roads

Meanwhile, a city councilor has asked several government offices to make a list of all public roads obstructed by illegal settlers.

Councilor Conrado Baluran, in a privilege speech at the city council said clearing the streets obstructed by illegal settlers could ease the traffic congestion in the city.

“I am requesting the Office of the City Assessors, City Planning, City Engineers Office and other Office concerned to conduct an inventory to all government roads, spaces and passageway that has been obstructed by illegal settlers,” said Baluran who chairs the Council’s Committee on Transportation.

Baluran cited Sec. 186 of the Comprehensive Traffic Code of Davao City that “it shall be unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to close obstruct, prevent, or otherwise refuse to the public or vehicular traffic the use of free access to subdivision or community street owned by the government and within the jurisdiction of the City Government of Davao, or to exact fees in any form for the use thereof, unless with prior authorization from the Sangguniang Panlungsod.”

According to Baluran, subdivision roads or private roads that are not turned over to the city may be opened to the public, provided that the road will strengthen the road network and traffic relief to nearby roads that are congested.

“I am raising this primordial concern since many of the portions of our public roads and spaces have been occupied by the informal settlers and some use it for commercial purposes that resulted to traffic congestion and blockage of the passageway that supposedly intended for the pedestrians and vehicles,” Baluran said.

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