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For effective traffic scheme: Illegal parking not tolerated

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Authorities warned motorists anew against illegal parking, particularly in light of the experimental traffic scheme currently being implemented.

Executive Assistant Jawo Jimenez said owners of illegally parked vehicles will immediately receive a traffic citation from authorities, contrary to the ‘no apprehension’ period set for the dry run of the experimental traffic scheme.

“While it is true that dry run kita na implementation del executive order, pero el illegal parking is not part of the dry run. Meaning to say, illegal sila yan park, tiene sila dayun recivi citation ticket, maskin na di ila windshield lang kita ase ipit,” Jimenez said during the press conference at City Hall Monday, March 27.

Aside from being a traffic violation, illegally parked vehicles defeat the purpose of the experimental traffic scheme, which features one-way, and no left and right turn routes to create flowing loops with minimal intersections, Jimenez added.

The second phase implementation of the experimental traffic scheme covering the central business district (CBD) took place yesterday, completing the implementation of the scheme which kicked off with the first phase covering west coast-bound vehicles last week.

Despite some first day confusion over direction and the new routes in the CBD, City Administrator Apple Go believed the second phase implementation to be generally successful.

“We did not notice any major and long queues,” Go reported, citing the presence of the Zamboanga City Police Office, traffic enforcers, and barangay tanods on the ground directing and managing the flow of traffic.

Signage and signposts were also installed for public information.

City Hall deployed 21 of its traffic enforcers or blue boys to join forces with the Zamboanga City Police Office Traffic Division to direct traffic in areas included in the rerouting scheme in both the west coast and the CBD.

“Na Phase I, tiene kita ya deha [traffic enforcers] na maga strategic areas to man traffic, pero hinde ya todo lugar. Maskin hinde todo lugar tiene ken tan man na Phase I, el maga motorista ta sigi syempre el implementacion del traffic rerouting,” Jimenez said.

As the experimental traffic scheme enters its second week, traffic enforcement agencies led by the City Administrator’s Office continue to meet to discuss ways to improve, correct, and further streamline the undertaking.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Beng Climaco requested for the continued support and compliance of the riding public to the experimental traffic scheme.

During the flag ceremony, Climaco commended all involved agencies for their effort, and shared her positive experience with the new routes being observed in the CBD.

“Today, we timed it at around 7:40 am at La Purisima, ya liga aqui [City Hall] less than seven minutes in time for the flag raising,” she said. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)