The Muntinlupa Traffic Bureau Management office has arrested 72 vehicle owners for illegal parking, clamped down on three other vehicles and impounded 32 more, including one truck, as it started its clearing operations under Oplan Linis Kalsada on Wednesday.
Through city ordinance No. 16-014, MTMB enforcers have been using wheel clamps or tire locks to immobilize illegally parked and unattended vehicles in any street or area designated as no-parking or tow away zones pursuant to the traffic code of Muntinlupa.
To release or remove a clamping device, the owner, driver or operator must pay a fine of P1,500, for which a corresponding official receipt shall be issued, the bureau said.
The violator shall be given a maximum of three hours to redeem the vehicle, otherwise, it shall be towed or impounded, incurring additional fees.
Attempting to forcefully remove the wheel clamp induces a bigger fine of P5,000 or one-month imprisonment or both.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged motorists to refrain from parking along major and secondary thoroughfares, as the local traffic bureau and barangay traffic enforcers crack down on illegally parked vehicles.