Speeders on NLEX and SCTEX need to drive to Quezon City to obtain their confiscated driver's licenses...
Traders appeal transportation office’s policy
Sunday, May 27, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) has appealed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to reconsider its policy involving over-speeding motorists in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
In a letter to Assistant Secretary Virginia P. Torres, PamCham chairman Levy P. Laus and PamCham president Marco Antonio Jimenez appealed the LTO policy of requiring over-speeding violators in the NLEx and SCTEx to retrieve their confiscated licenses from the LTO main office in Quezon City.
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Instead, PamCham officials proposed that erring motorists be given the option to claim their confiscated licenses and pay the corresponding penalty from either the LTO main office or the LTO regional office here.
The NLEx and SCTEx are both located in Central Luzon and, for this reason, it is presumed that a substantial number of apprehended over-speeding violators are from the region.
“The current policy has caused and is causing considerable inconvenience, additional expense and unnecessary time expenditure on the part of erring motorists, particularly those from Central and North Luzon,” the officials said in a statement.
The PamCham officials said the current policy is more favorable to erring motorists from Metro Manila because of their proximity to the LTO main office in Quezon City.
They added that for violators in Central Luzon, the more reasonable and practical policy is to allow them to retrieve their confiscated licenses from the LTO regional office here in this city.
“We believe that is the basic rationale for our regional government agencies, and that is to bring the government and its services as close as possible to the public, particularly in the countryside,” the officials said.
PamCham, one of the most active chapters of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aims to serve as catalyst for countryside growth and development in Central Luzon.
The group has been a long-time exponent of public-private partnership as a vital strategy in boosting economic and social progress in the region.
From Sun Star Pampanga