Driver summoned by LTO, may face DL revocation
Earlier this month, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) effectively revoked the driver’s license (DL) of ex-cop Wilfredo Gonzales, after he was found to be an “improper person” to operate a motor vehicle and pulled a gun on an unarmed cyclist.
Just recently, another driver with anger management issues may face the same fate as Gonzales after his road rage video that transpired in Marikina went viral.
According to LTO, a Show Cause Order was already sent to the driver on the viral video.
LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II said the SCO was meant to determine if the registered owner of the white Nissan Patrol Royale with license plate NFY 4437 was the driver of the vehicle when the incident took place in Marikina City.
A copy of the SCO was already forwarded to the office of Transportation Secretary, Jaime Bautista.
In the video, the driver of the SUV seems to be having an argument with a cyclist. Moments later, the driver rammed his SUV into the cyclist, who fortunately was not injured. The driver then alighted his SUV and tried to engage in a fistfight with the cyclist.
“These [road rage] cases are on the rise but the LTO will never stop taking action against these individuals because we need to make sure that our roads are safe for everyone,” said Mendoza.
Based on the SCO issued by LTO-National Capital Region director Roque Verzosa III, the registered owner of the vehicle was directed to appear before the LTO–NCR next week, October 3 and to submit a notarized affidavit that will explain why he should not be held liable for reckless driving, disregarding traffic sign, obstruction of traffic, and improper person to operate a motor vehicle.
“May this serve as a lesson to fellow road users that the LTO is swift when it comes to taking action. We assure you that there will be consequences to road rage that’s why drivers need to cool their heads,” added Mendoza.
As for the white Nissan Patrol Royale with plate number NFY 4437 driven by the individual in the viral road rage video, its registration was put on a preventive suspension by the LTO for 90 days, unless the case was resolved earlier.
Mendoza reminded drivers and motorists anew to be patient and show some respect when it comes to road sharing. You can read our feature story here to know what cases or traffic violations can have your driver’s license revoked.