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Car, jeepney drivers next on MMDA’s crackdown on repeat offenders

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will soon collect the records of traffic violators among private motorists and public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers as part of a crackdown against repeat and excessive traffic violators.

This came after the MMDA announced on Tuesday its goal to suspend 100 to 1,000 public utility bus (PUB) drivers after a probe found that more than 1,700 of these drivers had committed a minimum of 100 traffic violations since 2006.

In a media briefing, MMDA General Manager Arturo “Jojo” Garcia said the crackdown would start with PUB drivers because of their sheer number but efforts to collect the records of both private motorists and PUJ drivers have also begun.

“Bus drivers ang madami. Sila ‘yung naka-expose sa kalsada. Pero ‘yung mga private, pinapapakuha ko na rin ang huli (Bus drivers are numerous because they are the ones exposed in the streets. But I’m already asking for the records of private motorists),” Garcia said.

He said that because PUJ drivers are not allowed to ply the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa), which leaves them outside the scope of the MMDA, coordination has been made with the local governments of both Quezon City and Manila to collect the records of violations made by these drivers.

“Pinakuha ko na rin lahat ng record ng lahat ng huli. So lahat din ng pasaway na jeepney driver, sususpindihin natin, ire-revoke natin ang lisensya,” Garcia said.

Operators of both PUBs and PUJs have been warned to make sure their vehicles are not driven by those with suspended licenses or else, their vehicles would be impounded.

“I’m warning all operators na kapag ginamit niyo po itong mga drivers
na ‘to, ‘yan po ay considered driving without license kasi suspended
po. We will impound all your buses na minamaneho nito,” Garcia said.

He added that a list of PUB drivers with suspended licenses will soon
be given to PUB operators.

Lt. Col. Emmanuel Tabuena, Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol
Group (PNP-HPG) Traffic Enforcement Unit chief, said that once the
PNP-HPG receives the list of suspended drivers, these drivers will
automatically be apprehended if found behind the wheel.

“Automatic po ‘yan, huhulihin natin yan sa kalsada. We will help the
LTO para po hindi na makapag-drive itong mga suspended drivers sa
ating lansangan,” Garcia said.

During the briefing, he said their crackdown would be based on the
strict enforcement of Republic Act 4136, which states that motorists
who make the same traffic violation three times in 12 months will have
their license automatically suspended to a maximum of two years.

Roberto Valera, LTO Field Enforcement Division chief, said the most
excessive lawbreakers may also have their license perpetually revoked
if the situation calls for it. (PNA)