Violation of NO LEFT TURN

Something  ridiculous happened to me last Sunday, when I got flagged down by the Green Boys of Marikina. It happened at around 11 am while I’m riding my scooter. I made a U-Turn along Juan Sumulong street, just infront of Marikina Public Market. I thought t’was just a routine checkpoint. It turned out that I’ve violated a traffic sign. WTF!

One of them approached me and asked for my drivers license. I then asked politely, what would be my violation. To my surprise, one of them (the one who’s writing on the ticket) told me its “Violation of No Left Turn”. LMAO! How could that be, when what I did was a U-Turn???

I definitely disagrees with them, since what I made is a U-Turn on a street that has no “No U-Turn” signage whatsoever. The Green Boys then asked me to follow them to show that elusive roadsign that they say I’ve overlooked. The signage was attached to a post located on the sidewalk. I almost burst into laughter when I saw the traffic sign they’re pointing at. Its a “No Crossing” and a “No Left Turn” sign, which obviously I didn’t do any or both?!

So I asked them which of those two signs did I violate? Sensing that they might lose the case, one of them said in authoritarian voice. “Which do you prefer sir, the Violation of No Left Turn that will cost you P150 or I’ll charge you with a City Ordinance blah blah that is worth P1000? Since they already have my license, I didn’t bother to argue with them anymore coz I think it would be just be a waste of time. I said to myself “Okay I give up, just give me my ticket and i’m outta here! @#!&%”

Maybe some refresher course on road signs for your Green Boys would be appropriate Madam. Just my two cents. 😡

Drivers License Renewal at LTO – DLRC

Its been more than a week before I’ve noticed that my driver’s license is already expired. Actually, the same thing happened to me the last time I’ve renewed it. Signs of Alzheimer’s lol!

This would be my first time to renew at an LTO-DLRC (Drivers License Renewal Center). I’ve chosed the one that’s near my place, at Robinsons Metro East, Marcos Hiway Pasig City. Located besides the big grocery section, the DLRC office has around 10 employees and 30 seating capacities for waiting applicants. Although there’s no area rugs for elegant ambiance, it has air-conditioning that makes it much more comfy compare to their traditional offices with fans only.

Got there at around 10:05am ,basically the process are:

1. Go to window 1 and present your expired license
2. A form will be given to you. Fill-out the form
3. Pay the medical and drug test fees (P100 Medical + P300 Drug Test)
4. Take the medical and drug test
5. Submit back the form, medical/drug test certificate back to window 1
6. Next is at window 6 for capturing your photo and signature
7. Then pay the License Fee at window 5
a. License Fee – P350
b. Penalty – P75 (pag lumampas kayo sa expiration date)
c. Comp Fee – P57.63
Total P482.63
+P400.00 (Med/DT)
Grand Total P882.63 (at least bring P1000 bucks for sure)

Got hold of my spanking Drivers License at around 11:30am, one hour and a half, not bad at all, just in time to have lunch and some window shopping inside the mall.

Just a tip. DLRC Robinsons Metro East opens at 9am, you just have to enter at the side entrance of the mall. And don’t forget to bring a ballpen. (Me ballpen dun pero its P10 bucks, pang yosi din hehe).

UPDATES!!! as of 23 March 2012

Ambilis ng panahon at 3 years ago pa pala itong post ko na ito, meaning to say, gastusan na naman po kase I need to renew again my drivers license! Good thing na existing pa rin naman yung DLRC Robinsons Metro East LTO Satellite office. So ayun, before 9am nakaupo na ako sa labas at nag-aantay magpapasok yung guard.

By 9:10am nag-start na yung timer ko. Hawak ko na yung renewal form, at same pa rin naman lahat ang procedure. Bale yung Computer Fee lang ang tumaas. From P57.63 three years ago, now it’s P67.53, a difference of P10 only. Tapos na-release yung license ko ng exactly 10am. Uy less than an hour na, level-up! Ang masaklap lang  ay hindi ko binasa yung post ko na magdala ng ballpen, kaya ayun bumili rin ako ng ballpen duon worth P10 hehe!