Councilor Elgin Damasco is leading a push in the City Council to reduce the penalty being imposed against traffic violators, particularly involving tricycle drivers.
Damasco, chair of the transportation committee, said in a privilege speech that while the existing penalty rates were intended to enforce road safety and security, it is not achieving its purpose.
“Ako ay naniniwala na P300 or P3,000 na penalty, hindi pa rin ito sapat na solusyon upang ma-disiplina ang mga pasaway sa lansangan. Depende pa rin ito kung papaano ipinatutupad ng mga law enforcer ang batas,” Damasco said.
He added that there is a need for public consultations and support from his colleagues for his proposal to reduce the penalties.
Instead of increasing penalties, he suggested suspending the franchise of erring tricycle drivers and operators.
“Siguro naman kahit babaan natin ang penalty, iiwasan pa rin ng ating mga magigiting na driver na makagawa ng traffic violations dahil baka umabot sa puntong mawalan sila ng prangkisa at hindi na sila makakapag-hanapbuhay,” said Damasco.
Among others, Councilor Jimbo Maristela also supported the suggestion of Damasco to lessen the penalty.
“Sinasabi ko nga na ‘yan ay pahirap sa marami nating operators at tricycle drivers, at driver ng motorsiklo,” Maristela said.