Improving traffic mgmt
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office recently bared plans to adopt the “no contact apprehension policy (NCAP)” that is being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in Bacolod City.
Police Supt. Luisito Acebuche said he wants to adopt the NCAP that uses closed circuit television cameras in apprehending traffic violators because there have been many instances where traffic enforcers and motorists engage in confrontations. He adds that, with the help of CCTV, NCAP will greatly help the traffic problem in the city.
Acebuche also bared the city government’s plans to install 38 CCTVs in different intersections of the city and revealed that they are preparing the requirements for the arrival of the technical team from MMDA in Bacolod City before the end of July, to study the traffic situation and make the necessary recommendations.
The plan of the BTAO head to integrate technology with traffic enforcement is laudable and if implemented properly, the people of Bacolod who have been frustrated with the traffic situation will appreciate the effort. However, as the incoming MMDA technical team will most likely point out, a lot still needs to be done at the most basic level when it comes to the traffic situation and the enforcement of rules in the city.
Whether a no contact apprehension policy is applicable to Bacolod or not at this point in time, the plan or goal of adopting one will hopefully result to improvements in traffic management for the short term as the BTAO works toward creating the situation that will allow NCAP to be feasible.
If NCAP is part of the traffic master plan for Bacolod, it would be best for the officials in charge of traffic to lay the foundation and groundwork that will allow it to make significant contributions in the management of the traffic in the city that has one of the biggest number of registered motor vehicles in the country.*