The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a show cause order (SCO) against the registered owner of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) involved in a road rage incident in Valenzuela City.
In the now-viral video, a gun-wielding man was seen going out of the SUV with license plate NBB 3135 to confront another motorist in Barangay Bignay, Valenzuela City on Aug. 19.
Acording to LTO, the SUV is registered to a female resident from Bulacan.
In the SCO, the registered owner was ordered to appear on Sept. 14 to explain why she should not be penalized for the following offenses: Violation of Section 48 of Republic Act 4136 (Reckless Driving); Violation of Section 27 of RA 4136 (Improper Person to Operate Motor Vehicles); and Violation of Section 54 of RA 4136 (Obstruction of Traffic)
The registered owner was also asked to submit a notarized affidavit and supporting documents to explain.
LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II ordered the preventive suspension of the said vehicle for 90 days pending the result of the probe.
Mendoza said a copy of the SCO was already forwarded to the office of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.
He said the SCO seeks to identify who was driving the vehicle when the gun-toting incident happened.
“We want to know who was driving this vehicle when the incident happened. Also, we want to know if the vehicle was sold or borrowed,” he said in Filipino.
The swift action of the LTO, he said, is a warning to all motorists, especially those with anger management issues, that such acts are unacceptable and will certainly have consequences.
According to Mendoza, the LTO is currently working with other concerned agencies to identify the man in the video.
The LTO said it would coordinate with the Valenzuela local government as well as with the police and barangay officials in the area to hasten their probe.