Iloilo City to suspend car pass system-A A +A
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
THE City Council of Iloilo passed a resolution requesting City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to suspend temporarily the car pass system to allow all passenger vehicles from the towns of Alimodian and Sta. Barbara to enter the city from 12 midnight to 9 a.m. daily.
The Council also passed another resolution to authorize the Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office to recall all the 100 car passes given to the Iloilo province.
City Councilor Plaridel Nava, chairman of the City Council committee on transportation, said both resolutions are results of the two-day traffic experimentation on August 4-5, in preparation for full implementation of the car pass system starting October 18.
Nava said said problems were observed during the two-day dry-run. One was the worsening of traffic in transport terminals.
Nava also admitted that city loop vehicles cannot cope up with the volume of passengers especially on Monday mornings with students and workers living in the province.
By October 18, LTO and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will conduct the strict implementation of the car pass system, which is a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) between the two agencies.
Land Transportation Office (LTO) Regional Director Dennis Singson said they have no other recourse but implement the JAO as ordered by the national office.
Singson assured no apprehension yet of erring public utilities until October 17.
Nava said the implementation of the car pass system will be strict for all passenger vehicles in the province to prevent the emergence of colorum vehicles and to help decongest traffic in the city proper.
In Iloilo City, LTFRB is urging all passenger vehicles issued with certificate of public convenience (CPC) to follow their designated routes from point of origin to the established perimeter boundary terminal.
Vehicles from first towns of Leganes, Pavia, San Miguel and Oton are mostly with franchise to enter the city through the diversion road up to the terminal market.
Vehicles from second town Alimodian are until the Jaro big market while vehicles from Zarraga have to use their seven issued car passes to enter until the Jaro plaza.
Nava said the JAO implementation will be strict for all passenger vehicles in the province to prevent the emergence of colorum vehicles without the franchise and to help decongest traffic in the city proper.
Apprehended vehicles will have to pay stiffer fines and penalties.