CCTO continues random inspection against overloading PUVs

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | November 25,2022 - 02:24 PM

An photo showing a public utility vehicle ferrying ‘excess’ passengers beyond the allowable number of excess passengers.| Photo from CCTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) head Raquel Arce is warning drivers ferrying excess passengers beyond the allowed maximum capacity and tolerance that her office will continue to implement random operations.

In its follow-up operations on Thursday night, November 24, 2022, the CCTO issued 43 citation tickets for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers ferrying “excess” passengers and 77 other citation tickets for other traffic rules violation.

The follow-up operations were conducted along C. Padilla St., MJ Cuenco Avenue, Barangay Mabolo, and Talamban area.

In an interview, Arce sought the understanding of passengers for not allowing excess passengers beyond the set maximum tolerance of seven additional passengers.

“Ako lang g’yod ni iklaro nga dili nato mabaylo ang security and safety sa atong pasahero. Kung ang usa ka modern jeep, puno na kaayo, anaa pa, wala pa mawala nato ang COVID,” she said.

“Unsay mandato sa among opisina, amo lang gipatuman tungod sa grabe na nga clamour, grabeng reklamo nga among nadawat by phone, sa among social media, sa among page. Unya even sa social media nga gi-tag jud ko. Di man na mahimo nga piyongan dihang dapita,” she added.

Arce made the statement after she described how, during their first operation on Wednesday night, several passengers were upset with them for denying them a seat in a public utility vehicle (PUV) that was already packed.

The CCTO  issued 136 citation tickets to drivers who were found to be overloading passengers, during its whole day operations on Wednesday.

It was the first day of the CCTO’s operations since Arce assumed office as the CCTO’s department head.

READ: CCTO head warns drivers against overloading passengers

The city’s random examination was conducted in several locations, including along A. The southern regions of Cebu City include Soriano Avenue, Barangay Talamban, Osmea Boulevard, and Kinasang-an, Pardo.

Arce also explained that the power to allocate and deploy the number of PUVs resides on another agency.

“Magsige pa ang atong operation against excess passenger hangtod makita nato nga ang atong mga drivers nakaton na o nadisiplina na,” she said.


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