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Car clamping ‘unconstitutional’

Santo Domingo.- The Congressional Public Works Commission has asked the Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMET) to halt plans to introduce vehicle clamping and confiscation, on the grounds that this would violate the constitution and Law 241.

One commission member, deputy Tobía Crespo, stated that this measure violates the constitution, which establishes the right to free movement and private property.

“It violates the law and the constitution that establishes the right to free movement and private property, and it is precisely AMET that is violating these citizen rights, first by placing a lock on the vehicles, which is unconstitutional and illegal, and then taking vehicles to the pounds, like the dog racing track (Canódromo), which should not exist, because law 241 is clear on this point.”

He said that Law 241 establishes that there are only two conditions under which the authorities may retain vehicles, which are: when a person cannot demonstrate ownership  or after a traffic accident involving injuries and deaths.

He said that the fact that a place exists for keeping vehicles impounded by AMET, in this case the dog racing track, “is illegal and unconstitutional”.

Crespo also believes that AMET should not charge fines, and that this task should be carried out by the Public Prosecution System. He says that AMET’s role is to impose the fines through its own mechanisms and the State should receive the payment.

He stated that vehicles are the property of citizens, so AMET may not confiscate them, because this is not within the law, or to clamp vehicles, because this leads to more violence. He called on the AMET director, General Juan Gerónimo Brown Pérez, to refrain from clamping vehicles on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and if there is an agreement between AMET and the municipal authorities, this would also be unconstitutional, as well as arbitrary and authoritarian.

Source: DT

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