Over 600 Motorists Blocking and Using Bike Lanes Apprehended in Quezon City
The Quezon City local government has apprehended more than 600 motorists for using and blocking the bike lanes in the city.
In a report of ABS-CBN News, the local government said in a statement that they apprehended a total of 616 drivers of automobiles who have overtaken using the bike lanes.
Also, vehicles who were caught illegally parked in the bike lanes in the first two months of the year. A total of 524 violators were caught and fined from January 1 to 31, while 94 violators were apprehended from February 1 to 6.
“Bike lanes are designed to put the safety of cyclists first. If you run over or obstruct their lane then that puts them in danger and defeats the very purpose of our bike lane,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The penalties for motorists using or obstructing the bike lanes are in accordance with the SP 2988, or the QC Safe Cycling and Active Transport Ordinance. The first offense fine is P1,000, P3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for the third offense.
Aside from private vehicles, for-hire pedicabs are also prohibited to take bike lanes. Violators will pay the P300 fine or community service for the first offense.
For the second and succeeding offenses P300 or a day of community service and attendance to a seminar on safe cycling. The city’s Task Force for Traffic and Transport Management (TFTTM) head Dexter Cardenas said these apprehensions should serve as a warning to motorists in Quezon City.
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