The Davao City Transportation and Traffic Management Office has allocated a total budget of P9.5 million for the purchase of the two new tow trucks, to strengthen its operations against illegally-parked vehicles all over the city.
Dionisio Abude, CTTMO chief, said yesterday during the I-speak media forum at the City Hall that the number of vehicles parked in the wrong areas is increasing due to lack of parking spaces throughout the city.
“We have seen that we have bigger roads now in the city, which are unfortunately made into parking areas by some reckless motorists. We really need to strengthen our campaign against illegal parking and other road violations,” Abude said.
From January to September this year, CTTMO has towed and impounded 734 various types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, tricycles, and “payong-payong” known as sikad.
Abude said that the most effective measure to address the wrongly parked vehicles is towing instead of just imposing fines on drivers.
The acquisition of new trucks is under the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund of 2015, is equipped with a boom.
Abude said the tow trucks can also be used for rescue operations in case of disasters and calamities.
At present, the city has a total of four towing vehicles for illegally-parked and abandoned vehicles.
“We are hoping for us to have more towing vehicles, those that are bigger so we can apprehend or even rescue bigger vehicles like trucks and buses,” Abude said.