BACOLOD City – Police authorities here impounded at least 17 motorcycles for lack of pertinent documents during the implementation of “Oplan Sita” in various areas in the metro.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said these motorbikes have missing registration documents and expired drivers’ licenses.
Pico added the expanded “Oplan Sita” checkpoint operation on Wednesday was in line with BCPO’s campaign to deter criminalities. Police officers manning the checkpoint were also able to apprehend 28 persons violating traffic ordinances.
“This is part of our intensified move against those lawless elements following reports of shooting incidents perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects,” Pico said.
The apprehended persons were issued with Temporary Operator’s Permit from the Land Transportation Office and citation tickets to the impounded vehicles.
Under City Ordinance No. 09-17-818, unregistered vehicles plying the city, those displayed on the road for sale, vehicles of driver’s without license or with expired licenses, unregistered motorized tricycles for hire, and “colorum” public utility vehicles must be seized.
It also establishes tow-away zones on various streets in Bacolod, allows the impounding of vehicles through the issuance of impounding receipts and provides penalties for erring motorists./PN