LTO summons SUV driver, owner in viral Marikina road rage
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued show cause orders (SCOs) against the owner of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and its driver involved in a road rage incident with a bicycle rider in Marikina City.
A recent viral video showed the SUV driver confronting and attacking the cyclist which also affected traffic flow in the area.
In a statement on Sunday, LTO said it had issued two separate SCOs signed by the agency’s National Capital Region (NCR) director Roque Verzosa III, ordering the driver and owner to submit notarized affidavits stating why they should not be held liable for violating the Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code provisions.
The SCO for the SUV owner was served in Novaliches, Quezon City, while the SCO for the driver was served at his residence in Antipolo City.
LTO had also invited the bicycle rider to submit a notarized written complaint and other supporting documents as part of the ongoing investigation.
Aside from the issuance of the SCOs, LTO chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II said the vehicle’s registration will also be suspended for 90 days.
He also warned the owner that failure to appear and submit an affidavit would force the agency “to resolve the case based on available records.”
Citing police records, LTO said both the registered owner and the driver of the SUV are facing cases for reckless driving, obstruction of traffic as well as improper person to operate a motor vehicle under RA 4136, and disregarding traffic signs under Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01.