Albayalde orders massive road discipline drive

Unauthorized users of sirens, blinkers and heavily-tinted motor vehicles as well as those driving under the influence and using mobile phones or parking illegally on the streets or operating colorum public utility vans.

These would be the target of a massive program ordered by Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday to help restore road discipline as he deployed 300 HPG personnel to help the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic to help ease traffic particularly on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

He ordered the PNP Highway Patrol Group headed by Chief Superintendent Roberto B. Fajardo to go after all traffic violators and lead the enforcement of the nationwide ban on the unauthorized use of sirens, blinkers and other gadgets as well as colorum motor vehicles known for adding up to heavy traffic on the road. 

He likewise ordered the PNP-HPG to after heavy-tinted public transportation vehicles for anti-crime purposes.

Yesterday, Gen. Albayalde signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Transportation, Metro Manila Development Authority, LTO, Metro Manila Council, LTFRB  and Coast Guard to further strengthen the enforcement capabilities of I-ACT through the support of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The I-ACT was created to integrate the conduct of traffic management, decongestion of traffic flow, anti-colorum operations and strict enforcement of traffic laws, rules and regulations including illegal parking specifically on EDSA.

The PNP-HPG has already deployed 300 of its personnel with 24 mobile cars and 82 Big Bikes to help address the traffic problem in EDSA and crack down on colorum vehicles.