THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) issued a “show cause order” (SCO) against the owner of a vehicle that hit an elderly woman in Dapitan, in the City of Manila, last week.
The order, issued by the Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) of the LTO, directs the Nissan Almera sedan owner and the assigned driver during the incident to appear before the IID office located on the second floor of the Law Enforcement and Traffic Adjudication Service (LETAS) building at the LTO Central Office along East Avenue, Quezon City on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
The vehicle owner is likewise directed to bring the vehicle to the LTO North Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (NMVIC), also located at the LTO Central Office, for motor vehicle inspection according to provisions under Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The vehicle will also be under alarm to prevent the owner from entering into any transactions while the case is under investigation.
The driver was also directed to submit a written explanation why he or she should not be charged for reckless driving, failure to comply with the duty of the driver in case of an accident, and why his or her driver’s license should not be revoked or suspended for being unqualified to operate a motor vehicle.
If in case a written explanation is not submitted, both the driver and vehicle owner waive their right to be heard, and the case will be decided based on evidence at hand, the SCO stated.
Based on reports, the Nissan Almera allegedly hit a senior citizen and fled the scene immediately after. The incident resulted in physical injuries to the elderly victim.
“These kinds of accidents that involve our citizens keep repeating itself and, unfortunately, create further anxiety and worries among pedestrians as to the safety of our roads. The actions of the driver at the scene of the incident clearly involve a lack of discipline and disregard for human life. We hope the vehicle owner and the driver show up and comply, otherwise, we will impose the strictest penalties under the law, so they won’t be allowed to own and operate a motor vehicle again,” says LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade.