LTO Suspends New Policy on Motor Drivers and Owners

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) held in abeyance the planned implementation of an administrative order which mandates stiff penalties for violators on rules governing motorcycle drivers and owners.

Rep. Edgar Chatto bared that top echelon of LTO agreed to review Administrative Order AHS 2008-015 which imposes very excessive fines to violators.

The solon admitted that the imposition of penalties generated public indignation since it was quite excessive.

Non wearing of helmet imposes a fine of P1,500 and another P1,000 for the back rider. Motorcycles having defective headlights and other accessories entails a fine of P1,000.

The administrative order, once implemented will impose fines for drivers wearing slippers, P100 for the first offense, P700 and P1,000 for the second and third offenses, respectively.

The ruling that only one back rider be allowed likewise generated strong criticism from the public.

Views aired by residents over dyRD’s top rated public affairs programs indicated a strong objection since the motorcycles remain as the most practical mode of transportation to carry 2 to 4 passengers especially the so-called habal-habal.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has stepped into the mounting uproar over the very strict implementation of the administrative order.

In its regular session, the provincial board unanimously passed Resolution No. 2008-478, requesting LTO-Tagbilaran district office through registrar Mr. Joel T. Maloloy-on to defer the said enforcement of the said administrative order until January 1, 2008 after board member Aldonso Damalerio II introduced the measure.

Bohol SP member Atty. Aster A. Piollo argued that the implementation should be deferred because “not so many people know of this AO, so it is incumbent upon the LTO to make an extensive information campaign province-wide.”

But the lady lawmaker of Dimiao and Lila reminded her colleagues in the SP that “it will be our responsibility to help disseminate the program because we are the one asking for an extension for a period of time.”

The provincial government should help circulate the information regarding the AO implementation and “at the same time to implement the program,” she added.

Vice-Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera, who presided over the session after his return from abroad, lauded the move of his colleagues.

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