Over 7K banned vehicle gadgets destroyed by Highway Patrol Group

A TOTAL of 7,130 banned motor vehicle gadgets including sirens, blinkers, banned LED lights and other unauthorized accessories seized by agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group were destroyed at Camp Crame yesterday.

PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Roberto B. Fajardo said that the banned gadgets and other accessories were confiscated by different Regional Highway Patrol Units in a series of operations across the country aimed at fully enforcing Presidential Decree 96 on orders of PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.

The illegal gadgets attached to motor vehicles and motorcycles destroyed include 4,674 LED lights, 27 strobe lights, 4 dome lights, 592 fog lights, 429 blinkers, 539 open mufflers, 36 sirens, 783 expired commemorative plates, 8 horns, 25 illegal motorcycle  plate covers and 13 beacon lights.

A total of 2,502 of the banned gadgets were confiscated from drivers in Metro Manila.

According to Fajardo, the PNP chief has ordered him to strictly enforce the provisions of PD 96 which prohibits the use of sirens, blinkers, horns and other gadgets by unauthorized vehicles just in order to get through road traffic ahead of other motorists.

Before the May 13 national and local elections, Gen. Albayalde ordered the PNP-HPG to crack down on politicians using sirens, blinkers and other emergency devices in their campaign sorties.

“After receiving reports that some convoys and motorcades of political parties have such devices installed on their vehicles, we pounced on them as well as colorum motorcycle escorts wit sirens, blinkers and blinding LED lights,” Fajardo said.

The PNP-HPG’s Oplan Tokhang Kontra Wang-Wang, Fajardo said will spare no one in order to teach violators a lesson.  Fajardo said that the campaign is also a stern warning to violators of PD 96 who have been using the banned gadgets in order to beat the traffic and in some instances, trigger deadly road accidents.