Bikers told not to tamper with their vehicles without permission-A A +A
Sunday, July 13, 2014
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) yesterday urged bikers not to change the colors and accessories of their vehicles without permission from the manufacturers.
Speaking to more than 100 bikers about the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01, LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco said both violations carry a fine of P5,000 each.
Tancinco said changing the color of a vehicle without the permit from LTO and the manufacturer violates the Anti-Carnapping Law.
“If a vehicle is carnapped and the culprits are changing its color right away, law enforcers can hardly locate it. So, unauthorized changing of the color of a vehicle is illegal,” Tancinco said.
The orientation for bikers was held at the gymnasium at Mabolo, Cebu City upon the request of Barangay Captain Rey Ompoc.
Tancinco clarified that they are only concerned on the changing of a vehicle’s accessories that affects safety.
For example, changing the color of a headlight from white to red is a safety concern because it affects the brightness of the light.
JAO 2014-01 is also the subject of complaint by bus and jeepney drivers and operators who will go on transport strike on July 21.
Tancinco said that if drivers and operators can avoid penalties by familiarizing themselves with JAO 2014-01.
The other day, the National Confederation of Tansport-workers Union (NCTU) said their transport strike will dramatize their demand to repeal the order because of what they describe as oppressive fines and penalties.
NCTU-Cebu Chair Romeo Armamento said majority of the transport groups in Cebu are joining the transport strike.
However, Benjamin Ryan Yu of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative (Citrasco), said they are not joining the transport strike but will instead file a case in court questioning the rates of fines and penalties this week.
Yu said they are not questioning some of the provisions of JAO 2014-01 such as P1 million fine for colorum because they want this illegal operation totally eradicated. EOB
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2014.