The city council approved Â on third and final reading Â the clamping and towing ordinanceÂ during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Tagbilaran CityÂ today,Â June 17, 2016.
None of the present councilors Â opposed the reading and approval of the legislation that would allow the authorities to tow and clamp illegally parked vehicles in the city.
The legislation’s author Bebiano Inting had previously noted that the enactment of the law would â€œgive more teethâ€ to the rule against illegal parking of both private and public vehicles.
In aÂ public hearing last week, the city council Â aired the guidelines of the towing and clamping ordinance.
Based on the said guidelines, city traffic enforcers are tasked to clamp the wheels of illegally parked vehicles and also tow them, Inting said.
After cars are clamped or towed, the violator is obliged to go to the City Traffic Management Office to pay the fine for the violation.
A fine of P1,000 will be imposed on drivers of illegally parked six-wheel trucks, P500 for four-wheelers, and P200 for motorcycles and tricycles.
Violators who forcefully remove clamps will be fined P500 and will have to pay for the clamping device if it is damaged.
If a clamped vehicle remains unclaimed for a few hours and is causing traffic, authorities are allowed to tow and take it to the city impound lot.
Violators will have to claim their vehicles at the said area and pay a fine of P1,800. Another fee is added if it is not retrieved on the next day.
According to Inting, the city is currently buying equipment which will be used to enforce and implement the clamping and towing ordinance. (with reports from Allen Doydora)