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Oro RTA vows to strictly enforce car stereo regulation law

Cagayan de Oro City (11 February) -- Arising from repeated warnings and numerous complaints from passengers and the public, the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) has vowed to strictly enforce the car stereo regulation law.

The warning came from P/Supt. Antonio C. Montalba, RTA executive overseer, after noting that erring drivers of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) play their car stereos very loudly?a clear violation of the city's stereo regulation law.

Fed up with these blatant violations, the RTA warned driver-violators that the ?full extent of the law' will be enforced against them.

"Apprehended units shall be brought to the RTA office where the driver or operator will be asked to dismantle the stereo accessories by themselves," Col. Montalba cautioned violators.

Montalba cited that traffic enforcers find it hard to charge or cite the driver for violating the stereo regulation ordinance, claiming that advance technology have made it possible for players such as MP3 or iPods to be easily concealed.

The city ordinance only allows two (2) speakers, each with a maximum of 20 watts, to be installed and no tweeters, boosters or amplifier is allowed.

It further provides that the installation of car stereo shall be under the supervision of the RTA who will then issue a certification that the unit has complied with the requirements and is, therefore, granted permit.

To date, no one operator has come to the RTA to get a permit to install a car stereo in his unit. Several units, instead, have been found to have altered seats to accommodate very big sound boxes with more than 100 watts capacity.

The RTA sought the legal opinion of the City Legal Office which ruled that confiscation is legal, unless declared unconstitutional by the courts, thus empowering the RTA to enforce and confiscate stereos and its accessories. (RTA Press Release w/ City Information Office) [top]

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