It is outrageous that an official of the National Police in charge of the transit does not fully or completely ignore the regulations that it intends to enforce. In the video that we present below, a citizen of Cusco who drives a passenger vehicle “stops” to allow his passengers (tourists from a hotel in Cusco) to get off the vehicle and lower their bags; nevertheless, it is intervened by an identified non-commissioned officer “Cáceres” who indicates that in that zone it is forbidden to park; and, indeed, in the streets of downtown Cusco it is forbidden to park, however, what the young lady in charge of traffic control seems to be unaware of is the difference between “parking” a vehicle and “stopping” it; So, we are going to quote at this moment the “National Traffic Regulations” SUPREME DECREE Nº 016-2009-MTC, which literally states the following:
Chapter II “Definitions” Article 2 For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:
- Stop: Short stop of a vehicle to ascend or descend passengers or raise or lower things, only while the maneuver lasts.
- Parking: Paralyze a vehicle on public roads, with or without the driver, for a period longer than necessary to leave or receive passengers or things.
As we can see in the video. It is “evident” that the driver was “arrested”, since he was allowing his passengers to descend and had the emergency lights on. The young lady who intervenes is in an apparent error when the vehicle intervenes, indicating that it is forbidden to park, as we have already tried, parking and stopping are completely different things. We hope that some police officer or some of the police representatives will pronounce on these “errors” committed by those who should know “ad pedem literae” what the traffic norm says, because these errors only detract from the work of the police and the Miss NCO who made the intervention should review the transit rule a little more.