Bacolod to implement strict clamping, towing measures

PMaj. Junji Liba, BTAO head, said towing will start October 9.*

The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) has initiated a campaign against illegal parking in a bid to instill discipline among operators of public utility vehicles, private vehicles, and tricycles.

Spearheaded by PMaj. Junji Liba, BTAO head, the crackdown aims to alleviate traffic congestion and ensure smooth vehicular flow within the city, the Bacolod Public Information Office reported Friday, September 29.

BTAO has strategically placed fixed signages across targeted areas to disseminate information about the new regulations. These signages include red indicators signaling a strict no-parking zone and yellow, denoting regulated parking hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beyond this timeframe, parking is permissible.

A two-week information drive has been launched leading up to the enforcement phase, and the full implementation that will commence on October 9, when a towing company will begin operations.

An impounding area has been designated between 15th street and 16th street, Liba said, adding that the specific location will serve as the central hub for impounded vehicles during the crackdown.

The pilot area for this operation encompasses Lacson Extension to Bata border, with two dedicated teamsโ€”one from the north and the other from the southโ€”working collaboratively to enforce the new regulations, he said.

As part of the initiative, a one-way scheme has been implemented on the side street adjacent to Lacson, accompanied by one-side parallel parking.

Individuals or entities whose vehicles are discovered parked or stalled in restricted zones or in violation of city ordinances will pay the following fines:

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ:
Sedan Class Vehicles – P600
Medium-sized Vehicles – P800
Heavy Vehicles- P1,000
๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™š๐™š๐™จ:
Light Vehicles
First 4 kilometers- P1,500
2 or 3 wheeled vehicles- P1,000
๐™ˆ๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™ช๐™ข ๐™‘๐™š๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ก๐™š๐™จ:
First 4 kilometers- P2,500
๐™ƒ๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™ฎ ๐™‘๐™š๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ก๐™š๐™จ:
First 4 kilometers- P4,500
An additional P200 will be charged for every succeeding kilometer travelled on top of the base free from towing to the impounding area.
๐™„๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™š๐™จ:
1st and 2nd month – P200/day
3rd and 4th month – P350/day
5th and 6th month – P500/day

City Ordinance 1035 has introduced Tow-Away Zones, indicating that any instance of illegal parking within these areas constitutes a violation of the rules, and a vehicle may be towed at any time.

These areas are:
*Loading and Unloading zones for PUVs;
*Within 6 meters or any intersection or curved lane;
*In front of all authorized public and private driveways;
*On designated bicycle lanes;
*Within 4 meters of driveways or entrances to any fire station and hospital;
*Within 4 meters of fire hydrants;
*On pedestrian crosswalks;
*On the sidewalks, paths, and alleys not intended for parking; and
On any bridges and at the foot of any bridge.

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