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LAND Transportation Office in the Pangasinan is set to strictly enforce traffic laws starting January 7 after implementing preemptive measures during the holiday season.

Lawyer Teofilo Guadiz III, LTO regional director, said LTO stressed this after the agency  adopted a lenient policy during the holiday break and merely sought to implement preemptive measures to ensure safety of motorists and passengers.

He said, starting December 21 to January 3, LTO inspected 1,458 buses in terminals in Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. At least 23 units were found to have underflated tires while drunk drivers were prevented from traveling.

Eight hundred twenty-six AUV’s were inspected and the 16 that were operating without franchise were prevented from traveling.

Six motorcycles without functioning headlights were taken off the road and minors driving the motorcycles were stopped.

Guadiz said starting on January 7, the LTO will deploy enforcers especially near the vicinity of schools and colleges in Dagupan for the Oplan Balik Eskwela to ensure safety of students.

LTO District Offices in Pangasinan also expect hundreds of car owners in their offices to renew their vehicles’ registration with plates that end with number 1. Penalty for driving unregistered vehicles is P12,000.

Guadiz said LTO is now updated, with no backlog in the issuance of plates and licenses.

He added that LTO is ready to accommodate applicants for student drivers license. (Nora Dominguez)

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