ILOILO City – Councilor Lyndon Acap has proposed making counterflowing – going against the prescribed direction/flow of vehicles – a traffic violation.
His proposed measure, “The Anti-Counterflowing Ordinance of Iloilo City”, hurdled first reading during May 28 regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and is up for a committee hearing.
Acap observed the proliferation of counterflowing vehicles on the city’s thoroughfares.
“These vehicles endanger people’s lives,” he stressed.
Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 (Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violation of Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Land Transportation Office) of the Department of Transportation and Communication and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board does not consider counterflowing a traffic offense.
But Acap said the Local Government Code authorizes local government units to exercise power expressly granted, those necessarily implied as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare, maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of people.
Under Acap’s proposed ordinance, the counterflower shall be fined P1,000./PN