Now that election fever is heating up, Philippine National Police (PNP) leader Director General Oscar Albayalde has issued a stern caution in opposition to privately owned motorcycles the usage of illegal sirens and blinkers even as performing as escorts in marketing campaign motorcades.
Albayalde, himself a rider, has been receiving reviews of such violations. And as election day on May thirteen receives closer, more motorcycle riders are being employed to escort the motorcades of political events and applicants—complete with flashy blinkers and loud sirens—for a hefty charge.
Our sources from the using network revealed that riders performing as escorts in campaign convoys normally receive a day by day allowance of P500 to P1,000 every. Aside from unfastened food, they’re additionally provided with loose vests, T-shirts, and caps bearing the names and pics of candidates.
Clearly believing there’s strength in numbers, these riders regularly showcase arrogance on the street, blockading intersections and shooing away different motorists and pedestrians just to clean the direction of the convoy and impress their political shoppers.
Amid these rising incidents of abusive street conduct, Albayalde has reiterated that escort services for campaign motorcades need to be coordinated with the nearby police and the neighborhood authorities gadgets, to ensure that road safety protocol and courtesy are located at all times. Traffic rules and rules should be strictly observed to avoid injuries.
Albayalde has additionally tasked the PNP–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to strictly put into effect the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 96, which probits the usage of sirens, bells, horns, whistles, or different comparable gadgets that produce fantastically loud or startling sound. The identical provision likewise bans dome lighting, blinkers, and different similar signaling or flashing gadgets.
“We are shifting forcefully against the indiscriminate use of prohibited sirens, bells, horns, whistles, or comparable gadgets that produce surprising sounds; in addition to illegal dome lights, signaling or flashing gadgets,” Albayalde said in a statement.
Under PD No. Ninety six, sirens and blinkers can also handiest be used on motor automobiles certain for reputable use by means of the subsequent: the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Land Transportation Commission, the police force, hearth brigades, and clinic ambulance devices.
Violators of PD No. 96 can be penalized with the cancellation or revocation of their motor automobiles’ Certificates of Registration.