The City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) said recently it will continue implementing its existing coding system for public utility jeepneys and multicabs plying the downtown routes even with the absence of an ordinance to support its permanent and strict implementation.
Allan Mabella, CTMO administrative enforcement officer, told Palawan News their “1-2 coding system” being implemented on a trial or “dry run” basis has been helping ease congestion along Rizal Avenue, the city’s main road.
Under the scheme which began in January, public utility vehicles were labeled 1 or 2 to allow traffic enforcers to manage the volume of vehicles in the busy roads of Rizal Avenue and Malvar Street.
“The main goal bakit natin hinati ‘yung cab na dadaan sa Rizal ay dahil sobrang traffic na ng Rizal. We wanted to make use of Malvar Street,” Mabella said.
He clarified that the coding assignments might change on a weekly and biweekly basis based on the arrangement between the City Traffic Office and the federation of multicabs.
Mabella noted that the absence of an approved ordinance to support the traffic management scheme makes it difficult for them to strictly implement the measure.
“Maraming cab drivers ‘yung hindi sumusunod sa code nila kasi nga hindi rin naman namin sila mabigyan ng penalty kasi wala kaming batas o ordinansang sinasandalan,” he said.
He added that their office is hoping that a supporting legislation will soon be passed by the City government.