Drive vs colorum yields 11 vehicles

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Monday, August 18, 2014

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Western Visayas (LTFRB-6) has yielded 11 unregistered vehicles also known as colorum following an intensified campaign in Western Visayas.

Apprehended were nine vans and two buses operating without appropriate franchise and registration relative to the implementation of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the LTFRB.

Bernardes said the nine vans were slapped with fines of P200,000 each, while the two buses were charged with P1 million each.


“This should serve as lesson to other operators. We mean business in implementing the Joint Administrative Order,” Bernardes said.

Bernades refused to reveal the operators of said colorum vehicles and the provinces where they are operating.

Bernardes has revealed there were also two colorum buses in Negros Occidental that were intercepted.

He said that because of the implementation of the JAO, about 100 operators have already complied with the appropriate registrations for their vehicles and that an increase in applications was also noted.

Bernardez also warned operators that a random check-up is regularly conducted by the LTFRB as they continue the campaign against colorum vehicles.

"Safety is always our priority. Recent accidents have highlighted the need for harsher penalties to deter illegal PUV practices and to better protect the public. The most significant change we are imposing is the P1 million fine on colorum bus operators for the first offense, to show that we really mean business in putting an end to their inimical activities which put people's lives at risk," said DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

The fine for other first-time colorum offenders are: trucks – P200,000; jeepney – P50,000; vans – P200,000; sedans – P120,000; motorcycles – P6,000.

Aside from these fines, the colorum vehicles will also be impounded for a minimum period of three months. The entire certificate of public convenience (CPC) to which the colorum vehicle belongs will be revoked, as well as their vehicle registrations. They will also be blacklisted from being used as PUVs in the future.

In case of a second offense, the entire fleet or all CPCs of the erring operator will be revoked, the vehicles will be blacklisted from being used as PUVs in the future, and their vehicle registrations will also be revoked. The violating operator (corporations, stockholders and directors) will be disqualified from operating any kind of public land transportation.

The JAO covers other PUV-related violations as well, such as the refusal to render services to the public or to convey passengers to their destination; overcharging; employing reckless, insolent, discourteous, or arrogant drivers; operating PUVs with defective parts and accessories; using tampered taximeters; trip cutting; and others.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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