Beng order: Strictly no overloading, top loading PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:45

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco ordered yesterday the police, traffic officers and other law enforcers, including barangay officials, to strictly implement the traffic rules and regulations, especially against overloading and top loading, on all public conveyances to prevent road accidents.

Climaco likewise reminded operators and drivers of public conveyances to strictly observe and comply with the ‘no overloading’ and ‘no top loading’ rules as stipulated in their franchises, otherwise they will be meted with the full force of the law.

“The maximum penalty should be imposed on violators,” the chief executive ordered, following an incident early yesterday morning in Barangay Cabatangan, where a jeepney overloaded with passengers mostly students fell in a cliff.

At least 32 passengers to include the driver were injured and one, whose identity was not immediately established, was killed.

All victims were rushed to the hospitals—15 at the Zamboanga City Medical Center and 18 at Ciudad Medical Zamboanga.

Climaco immediately made the rounds of the hospitals and personally met with some of the victims as she mobilized all resources of the city government to assist the victims.

Personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office under Dr. Elmeir Apolinario also responded to the site and rushed the injured passengers to the different hospitals.

Dr. Apolinario, per instruction of the city mayor, immediately issued a public advisory through the media, warning operators and drivers of all public utility jeepneys, buses and vans against overloading and top loading to prevent accidents that may result in the loss of limbs, lives and properties.— Vic Larato