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Full implementation of towing ordinance readied

NAGA CITY --- Several weeks from now, the city government of Naga will be implementing City Ordinance 2018-018, also known as “The Towing and Expanded Wheel Clamp Ordinance of Naga City.” This, after City Councilor Joselito SA Del Rosario, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on transportation, announced the completion of major requirements that will allow the Public Safety Office (PSO) and the police to take charge of its enforcement. The PSO has informed the office of the councilor that the city government has already acquired a tow truck “and several weeks from now it will come up with an appropriate location where the vehicles found to have violated the ordinance will be impounded.”

The delay in the implementation of the city ordinance happened after the private towing firm twice failed to convince the city government of its choice for a convenient location of an impounding facility. It is because there were recommended locations that were situated either in the adjoining towns of Magarao or Canaman which are far away from both CBD I and II where towing within the city’s jurisdiction may have taken place,” he said. “But we are not closing also the possibility of having our impounding area established in either locations,” the city official said. Del Rosario said that due to some progress that came up in the pre-implementation of the legislative measure that the committee has to consider, the ordinance has to be reviewed and amended, a legislative undertaking that is expected to be completed not beyond the month of February, this year. The city government has tapped the services of a private towing company that will round up, along with the police and PSO personnel, the vehicles parked at roadsides or prohibited areas. Meanwhile, Del Rosario has called on the banking industry in the city to air their concerns on the upcoming implementation of the measure.

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