2 MMDA traffic enforcers fined for not wearing helmet

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After being severely reprimanded, two Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers who were caught riding a motorcycle without the required crash helmet on Roxas Blvd. were slapped with a P1,500 each for the violation.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim has ordered traffic enforcers Armando Lopez and Rodrigo Dayota to be fined for their brazen violation of road regulations.

“Being true to our promise to cleanse our ranks of erring personnel, we will not let such things pass without the appropriate sanctions. This will serve a warning to our field personnel that no one is above the law. We are enforcers of the traffic laws and we should all comply with them,” Lim said.

Aside from the fine, Lim also directed the two traffic personnel to undergo traffic management and safety course at the agency’s Traffic Academy.

“They should brush up on their knowledge on the rules and regulations on the road. They should know them by heart,” he said.

The MMDA chief earlier confronted Lopez and Dayota about the photo posted on popular social network site, Facebook, showing them in MMDA traffic uniform on a motorbike but not wearing crash helmets.

Aside from dressing down the two men, Lim said the traffic personnel should have been more courteous in replying to the query of the motorist who posted the photo, which later one went viral.

“Dapat magalang kayo sa pagsagot…hindi nakakatulong sa imahe natin ‘yan,” Lim told the two traffic enforcers, who were ordered to stand in front of MMDA officials and employees during a recent flag-raising ceremony at the agency’s main office in Makati City.

According to the motorist, one of the men even allegedly replied “Sa operations kami, wala ka na dun,” when he asked why they are not wearing any crash helmets.

MMDA traffic personnel are authorized to flag down and apprehend violators of the policy of not wearing helmet while riding a motorcycle.