The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), upon the orders of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), transferred yesterday hundreds of impounded vehicles from Pasig City to Tarlac province.
The MMDA made the move in a bid to instill discipline among erring motorists and public utility vehicle operators.
Tim Orbos, MMDA officer-in-charge, said owners of 150 four-wheel vehicles and 260 motorcycles stored at the agency’s impounding site in Ultra, Pasig City, have to redeem their units in the Land Transportation Office’s impounding facility in San Isidro, Tarlac.
“We will not wait for so long before we clear the impounding site,” said Orbos.
The vehicles were towed for being colorum, out of line, illegal parking and for other traffic offenses.
Colorum vehicles include those ferrying passengers without the necessary permits while out-of-line vehicles are those operating outside the routes covered by their franchises.
The immediate transfer of vehicles was intended to stop the discovered corruption activities being committed by MMDA personnel manning the impounding site and private individuals.
“We want to stop illicit transactions happening here and other opportunities for corruption,” said Orbos.
(Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)