Issue of August 11, 2019
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P500 fine for traffic obstruction okayed
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Fines and penalties for traffic violations will soon be increased as the proposal to amend the rates contained in Ordinance 7 s. 1984 or the Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Ordinance, as amended has already reached second reading after publication.

Foremost in the proposed amendment is increasing the penalty for traffic obstruction or illegal parking from P150 to P500.

Other than revisions in the fines for riding a motorcycle without a helmet, the proposal which underwent public hearing in August last year is due for third and final reading after the committee on public utilities, transportation, and traffic legislation incorporates and reports on the adjusted rates.

Among the violations penalized in the ordinance are alteration of traffic signs, unnecessary display of dazzling lights, traffic obstruction, tailgating, driving under the influence of drugs and/or liquor, abandonment of unserviceable vehicles, deviation of designated routes, and failure to obey police direction.

Violations and penalties in the proposed ordinance are: unauthorized alteration of traffic signs – P1,500; installation, display or maintenance of anything which purports to be an imitation of any traffic sign or item – P1,500; unnecessary display of dazzling lights – P300; exceeding speed limit – P500 on first offense, P2,000 on second offense, P2,500 on third and succeeding offenses plus penalties under Ordinance 18 s. 2019 or the Speed Limit Ordinance of Baguio;

Traffic obstruction – P500; tailgating – P200; failure to signal – P300; vehicle with inadequate lights/reflectors – P300; driving under the influence of liquor – P2, 000; driving under the influence of liquor causing injury or damage to a person or property – P5,000; driving under the influence of illegal drugs – P5,000; riding a motorcycle without helmet – P500, P1,000, and P1,500 on first, second, third, and succeeding offenses, leaving an unserviceable vehicle on streets or roads – P5,000 plus fines, fees, and penalties set in Ordinance 78 s. 2019 or the Towing Ordinance;

Deviation from designated routes by drivers of jeepneys and buses – P1,000; driving without license – P1,000; driving with expired license – P700; failure to obey traffic direction – P300; crossing a roadway not marked as a crossing lane – P200, P500, and P1,000 for first, second, third, and succeeding offenses; stalled vehicles – P500 plus fines set in Ordinance 5 s. 2017 or the Truck Ban Ordinance; leaving the scene of accident without justifiable cause – P5,000; reckless driving – P1,000; failure to give right of way – P300; leaving vehicle in a no-waiting area – P500; and non-observance of traffic signs or signals – P300.

The amendment also proposed a P1,000 and P2,000 fine for first, second, and succeeding offenses to public utility vehicle drivers who refuse to transport or unload passengers at their destinations; placing “reserved” signs on public parking areas – P1,000, P2,000, P5,000 and revocation of business permit on first, second, third, and succeeding offenses; and P500 for illegal overtaking.

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