Issue of December 2, 2012
Mt. Province

65th Courier Anniversary Issue
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BCPO intensifies Oplan baklas plaka to curb shrewd violators
by Hanna Lacsamana

Violators of the city’s parking regulations have leveled up their cunning ways to evade apprehension.

Baguio City Police Office-Traffic Management Bureau Chief James Logan said some vehicle owners have resorted to removing their car plates when leaving their vehicles in no-parking zones.

“They’ve become wise. Kung wala nga naman ‘yung mga plaka, hindi namin sila mahuhuli,” Logan said in an interview.

Most of the violations are recorded within the central business district, Logan said.

To address the concern, the TMB has intensified its Operation Baklas Plaka to nab vehicle owners who are parking illegally along the city streets both in the CBD and barangays.

The traffic chief said under the baklas plaka, which was officially launched in August, a written notice documenting the circumstances of the owner’s illegal parking violation will be left on the vehicle.

If this will not work, the police will engage the assistance of barangays in the identification of the owners. A copy of the notice will be left with barangay officials who will help in finding the violator who might be residing in their area. If found, the barangay will then certify that the notice is served.

The police will also subject illegally parked vehicles to towing and these will be impounded either at the BCPO headquarters or at the TMB compound. 

Illegal parking is one of the top three traffic violations in the city recorded by the police. The others include obstruction and non-observance of traffic signs. From January to Nov. 28, the police recorded 38,760 apprehensions for illegal parking, which translates to P4,524,530 worth of fines and penalties. Last year, P4,456,301 were collected from the 36,460 illegal parking violations.

Illegal parking has also been identified as one of the main causes of the worsened traffic congestion in the city in relation to inadequate parking facilities at the CBD, among other reasons.

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