PNP to step up crackdown vs illegal use of sirens, blinkers

Published July 6, 2022, 12:15 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will step up the campaign against the illegal use of sirens, blinkers and other emergency devices in the vehicles amid complaints of their use on private vehicles.

Police Maj. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon, PNP Director for Operations, said the PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr has already instructed the Highway Patrol Group to intensify the crackdown on erring motorists.

“The rule of law must prevail in the use of sirens, blinkers and other emergency devices, stressing further that private vehicles are not allowed to use any of them,” said De Leon.

“Your PNP will not allow any person to disregard this law for whatever intention he or she has. This early, we advise the motor vehicle owners to remove their sirens and blinkers to avoid being arrested and face charges,” he added.

Based on Presidential Decree No. 96, the use of those devices is exclusive to the motor vehicles designated for official use by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection and hospital ambulances.

He said the HPG was also instructed to coordinate with the Land Transportation Office, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and local government units (LGUs) through their traffic enforcement bureaus, to maximize the operation across the country.

De Leon also warned sellers and auto shops from installing sirens and blinkers in private vehicles.

“Those who sell these items and those who install them will be equally liable.

Police commanders were already instructed to monitor the selling and installations of these devices in their areas of responsibility for appropriate action,” said De Leon.