Dagupan asks LTO to deputize traffic men to instill discipline in roads

DAGUPAN CITY — The city government is asking the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to deputize some of its Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) personnel in a bid to enforce more discipline along the roads and instill among motorists to refrain from committing oft-repeated traffic violations.

The request was contained in a draft resolution proposed by Councilor Alvin Coquia, chairman on the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities, soon to be passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Coquia said the deputization is necessary so traffic enforcement in the city can be improved because as deputies of the LTO, personnel of the city’s POSO are authorized to enforce Republic No. 4136, otherwise known as the National Traffic Code of the Philippines which only the LTO can enforce and entails heavier fines for violators.

Coquia said if the LTO would authorize the deputization of POSO personnel in carrying out the provisions of RA 4136, the application of heavier fines and penalties to traffic violators will be done to discourage traffic violations.

This will curb the occurrence of frequent violations by erring motorists, some if not many of them, openly show disrespect to traffic laws as they are observed to take the penalties imposed by City Ordinance No. 1748-2002 very lightly, Coquia said.

“For many years of being in the frontline of traffic law enforcement, the POSO’s role as traffic enforcers had been questioned despite the legal mandate of this office to implement the traffic code and ordinances of the city. But with the deputization of our POSO personnel, they could now impose higher fines and penalties as provided in the national traffic code, and issue corresponding citation tickets,” said Coquia.

The draft resolution states that the POSO personnel also stand to benefit from their deputization as they will be familiarized by the basic policies on traffic management, arrests of violators and issuance of temporary operators permit (TOP), violation of franchises, and instructions on the strict limitations of the deputization, among others, Coquia said. PNA/northboundasia.com