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LTO 7 partners with truck drivers in Cebu for road safety

LAND Transportation Office (LTO) 7 has partnered with the Visayas Unified Truckers Association Inc., (VUTAI) to address the issues faced by truck drivers in Metro Cebu.

The public-private partnership was sealed in a meeting last January 5, 2021 with LTO 7 Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec and VUTAI President Leoncio Cubarol Jr.

One of the issues raised during a seminar organized by VUTAI and attended by about 50 truck drivers was the inspection of trucks during registration.

Caindec assured them of an on-site monthly registration and conducting truck inspections on their choice of location for those renewing registrations. 

Caindec also initiated a dialogue between VUTAI and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia last January 7, to address concerns on truck bans imposed by the different local government units.

Cubarol said the issue on truck ban in Cansaga Coastal Road was raised to Garcia. The coastal area in Tayud, Consolacion to Liloan is closed to trucks from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Cubarol added that the traffic in the area is not caused by trucks but by ongoing drainage construction.

Caindec highlighted the importance of education program to the truck drivers. He emphasized the rules imposed to license owners and that drivers require constant re-education.

On the other hand, Caindec also tapped Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU) 7 Chief PCol. Irwin Rebellion to support the partnership with the private sector.

VUTAI initiated a surprise drug test conducted right after the seminar. PR/ ELIAS O. BAQUERO