FIS cites inventor of Traffic Accident Reporting Template
The Filipino Inventors’ Society (FIS), Inc. described the Traffic Accident Reporting Template (TART) invented by FIS member, Francisco ‘Francis’ C. Palacio, as ‘useful’ to motorists and traffic law enforcers on the matter of saving time in reporting traffic accidents and expediting related investigations.
“The innate Filipino talent and creativity is once more proven with the birth of TART, thanks we have one Francis Palacio who spent golden time on conceptualizing the device and undertaking research work for it over the years,” said FIS national chairman Dr. Benjamin Sy Santos, adding, “TART is the first of its kind in the Philippines, and maybe in the whole of Asia and the world”.
Palacio, a retired police captain, said what drove him to conceive TART was actually his difficulty in making sketches of vehicles’ positions, incident locations, including landmark. I encountered this bugging problem when I was assigned at the traffic bureau of Caloocan City Police Department in the 1980s. I was very poor in drawing or sketching that my superior officer scolds me every time I was assigned to investigate traffic incidents,” quipped Palacio with a smile.
It was in 1982, while still in the active police service, when he conceived TART which was initially known as the Belt Carrying Type Traffic Accident Reporting Kit (BCTTARK), which evolved into 30 pieces of rubber stamps chemically molded to represent the most common traffic elements such as vehicles, animals and pedestrians.
“All one needs in using TART is a pen or a pencil to use in the pattern for figures of traffic elements in the template, and an accurate sketching of a traffic accident is produced”, said Palacio.
As early as October 1995 after a project presentation and demonstration of how to use the device in Camp Crame, Quezon City, then BCTTARK (now TART), received a commendation from the PC-INP Directorate for Research and Development. It evolved into TART, the kit, after complying with the required modification and further field-tested by the Traffic Management Group (TMG), which found it ”an essential tool in investigating traffic accident cases”. This was evidenced by letters of commendation and endorsements from then Police Director General Recaredo Sarmiento, who subsequently endorsed it to former DILG Secretary Rafael M. Alunan III, several local government units (LGUs) and safety transport organizations like the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).
In 2008, Capt. Palacio modified his invention to make it more handy, convenient and useful model, model renaming it TART or Traffic Accident Reporting Template , registered anew with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines under Utility Model (UM) Patent No. 2-2008-00492 and Copyright Registration No. No. 02012-48, with office at Cuffs Trading on the third floor of Eleongsing Building, 440 Rizal Ave. Ext., Grace Park, Caloocan City, Metro Manila.