IDs for drivers out next month

THE CITY government will release the first batch of identification cards (IDs) to public utility vehicle drivers within next month.

This after a student complained about a taxi driver who allegedly tried to pull off a spray modus.

Atty. Lawrence Bantiding, assistant city administrator for operations, lamented the lax in the implementation of the portion of the Traffic Code that requires PUVs such as taxicabs to prominently display the ID cards of drivers and their vehicles.

“Hopefully we can issue the IDs before Araw ng Dabaw,” Bantiding said. Araw ng Davao is on March 16.

The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTMMO) is set to summon the drivers of taxis, jeepneys, for-hire vans, and other public utility vehicles plying Davao’s streets to another seminar.

The retrainings, mandated by the Traffic Code to be held once a year, will remind the drivers of their responsibilities, including the display of the IDs.

The proposed updated large ID would include information printed back to back.

The size of the current ID is half of the standard paper.

Bantiding added the city government is also considering suggestions from the public, such as to reflectorize the ID material for easy visibility even in the dark, as well as bar code or QR code that would contain the information of the drivers.

The city government is also coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation and Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to incorporate the said ordinance into the requirements for vehicles registered here.

In 2012, there were around 22,000 who participated in the seminar for all kinds of motor vehicles.

In a separate study, the Asian Development Bank recorded 2,275 taxicabs, 7,197 utility vehicles, 289 buses, and 2,788 tricycles as of 2012. The data came from the LTO XI regional office.

Earlier this month, university professor Gail Ilagan published a note saying that there was a student who complained about a taxicab driver who allegedly tried to pull off a spray modus.

The driver was wearing a mask.

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