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Valenzuela prohibits double parking on national highways 

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Following the apprehension of a motorist on Mindanao Ave. who pulled over to answer a call, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has maintained that double parking on highways, especially on national roads, will never be tolerated in the city, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

Gatchalian on Monday reiterated that stopping on highways is a traffic violation and using cellphones while driving is also prohibited by law.

“Subjectivity should not come into play when applied into law,” the mayor pointed out in a phone interview, as some social media users who watched the video taken during the incident questioned why the city’s traffic officers did not give the motorist a consideration.

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“Let’s say I was driving in EDSA. I got a call. But since I noticed that the traffic was not impeded naman sa (on a ) Sunday, I can just pull over and just answer the call? Isn’t that a violation of the laws that we have?” Gatchalian added.

Gatchalian said, “Mindanao Avenue and EDSA are similarly situated” and both “are major thoroughfare, so what’s the difference between doing it on EDSA and doing it on Mindanao?”

On Saturday, personnel from the city’s Traffic Management Office (TMO), popularly known as the “Red Boys,” drew flak on social media after they were seen in a video, which had gone viral, clamping a male motorist’s vehicle after he was apprehended for pulling over to answer a call.

Some called the officers “abusive” for not even taking into consideration the motorist’s explanation.

But Gatchalian, speaking on behalf of the officers, clarified that their personnel did it because the motorist refused to give his license and get his citation ticket.

In another video taken prior to the clamping of the vehicle, the motorist even threw an expletive at an officer.

During their meeting on Monday, Gatchalian found from the motorist himself that the call he had to answer was not even an emergency.

“It was not even an emergency call. It was plain and simple: people on his site were calling him,” Gatchalian said. The motorist is a sub-contractor working on highway projects of both the Valenzuela City government and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

 “So, to avoid any physical altercation or any physical commotion, we have taught our personnel to just clamp it,” he said, “What should we do?”

Gatchalian advised motorists who object against getting cited that “there’s a proper process” of appealing it.

“To avoid all these conflicts, let’s just follow the rule,” he said.

“When you are cited for a ticket and you have a valid objection point, just follow the rule: get the ticket, recognize the authority of the enforcer, go to the office and contest it,” he added, “There’s an adjudication board. You can appeal why you should not be ticketed.”


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