Caught on camera: Kids riding in taxi's open trunk

Driver to be fined for overloading
Feb 23, 2011 Car News - TaxiAuthorities are now after a taxi driver who allowed his four children to ride in the open trunk of his vehicle.

The police was alerted of the incident after DZMM Radyo Patrol managed to take a photo of the incident early Monday.

The taxi was reportedly driven by Rogelio Gayundato, who was then taking his kids to school.

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"Delikado po iyon kapag sumabog ang LPG, sigurado sasabog din ang mga bata," Manila Traffic Police chief inspector Jesus Cortez was quoted saying in an report.

Another police officer, Dante Fabro, cited that the taxi driver risked his children's lives as the trunk could close anytime and crush the kids.

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During the hunt, the police found Gayundato's wife, who said that the children were the ones who chose to sit inside the open trunk.

The Land Transportation Office said fines for overloading offenses range from P500 to P1,500.

Do you think this amount is enough to make sure other parents or drivers do not put their children at risk this way again?

To view the video on the overloaded taxi, click here.

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