LTO Aksyon On The Spot Hotline wants to be Enemy Number 1 of illegal wang-wang

It’s been a while since we last wrote anything about blinkers and the anti-wang-wang ordinances. The LTO even came out with a list of vehicles that are legally allowed to use these light-and-sound devices a few years back, but alas, despite public information, many continue to violate the rules. After the launch of the Aksyon On The Spot Hotline, it now wants to be a platform to report illegal use of blinkers and violations of PBBM’s anti-wang-wang order.

Aksyon On The Spot Hotline of LTO tapped as a means to report illegal blinker (wang-wang) use

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According to LTO Chief, Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor D. Mendoza II, the hotline is aimed at ensuring a quick response from the government against erring motorists in line with the instruction of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista to ensure the safety of all road users. Aside from this, it is also geared towards complaints about phishing scams sent to the general public.

Yesterday, Mendoza announced yet another “use” for the hotline. Referring to President Marcos’ Administrative Order 18 (AO) that states that “all government officials and personnel are prohibited from utilizing sirens, blinkers, and other similar gadgets that produce exceptionally loud or startling sound, including dome lights, blinkers, or other similar signaling or flashing devices”, it can also be used to report violations of the said Order.

Further, the AO reads “Unauthorized and improper use of signaling or flashing devices by government officials and employees shall be dealt with in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations”.

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Photo: Land Transportation Office

The AO likewise states that AO sirens, blinkers, and other similar devices shall not be used unless in clearly appropriate circumstances, and only by motor vehicles designated for official use by the AFP, NBI, and PNP, and fire trucks, hospital ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

More specifically, “In this light, all government officials and personnel are hereby reminded that use of sirens, dome lights, blinkers, and other similar devices shall only be under exigent or emergency circumstances or situations or to ensure the expedient and safe passage of emergency responders,” it said.

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So in case you find someone in violation of any LTO laws – including the anti-wang-wang regulation – just use the agency’s “Aksyon on the Spot” hotline: 09292920865.

“Tinitiyak namin sa ating mga kababayan na anumang impormasyon na ibibigay sa atin sa pamamagitan ng ating hotline ay ituturing na confidential at protektado ng ating [We are assuring everyone that all information given via the hotline will be treated as confidential and will be protected by our] Data Privacy law. We encourage the public to inform us of any abusive behaviors on the road at kami na po ang bahala sa aksyon,” said ASec Mendoza.

And just for everyone’s info, Mendoza assured the public that they will coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to strengthen the enforcement and other law enforcement actions that will be received through the “Aksyon on the Spot” hotline.

Let’s hope that means timely, effective, and fair implementation of the law, then. Good job, LTO!

Mikko Juangco
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