Palace: Out-of-line buses not allowed anymore in Metro Manila

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

EFFECTIVE immediately, all colorum and out-of-line buses plying Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) and other thoroughfares in Metro Manila will be apprehended and fined, a Palace official said Thursday.

The decision was reached after a meeting was held in Malacanang early in the day where the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) resolved their differences over the colorum buses traveling the metropolis.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during a press briefing in Malacanang that the LTFRB and MMDA will also continue to study the routes of provincial and city buses in Metro Manila.

He said those issues discussed during the meeting will be consulted with Metro Manila mayors next week.

LTFRB has allowed colorum buses to operate in Metro Manila while bus companies were still modifying their existing franchises.

But MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino complained about the LTFRB's policy as this worsened traffic congestion in the National Capital Region.

In the same meeting, Coloma said concerned government agencies and port users will impose new policies to normalize the traffic situation at the Manila port by August 16.

"Nananawagan ang pamahalaan sa lahat ng port users na magsagawa ng regular na operasyon kahit na araw ng Linggo,upang higit na mapabilis ang paglalabas ng mga kargamento mula sa pantalan ng Maynila. Patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang maibsan ang suliranin ng congestion sa Port of Manila at sa mga lansangan," he said.

He further said that trucks-for-hire still using green plates will be allowed to operate while applying for provisional authority (PA) with the LTFRB until August 15.

By August 16, trucks without provisional authority will be apprehended and fined, he said.

Meanwhile, trucks owned by private individuals or organizations for their own use may apply for exemption from the provisional authority requirement. The exemption will last three years and is renewable.

"For the next three months, the government shall give the exemption for free. Despite the issuance of a PA or exemption, green-plated trucks will continue to be covered by the existing truck ban and other traffic regulations," he said.

Present during the meeting were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Tolentino, LTFRB Executive Director Roberto Cabrera, and Port Authority General Manager Juan Sta. Ana. (SDR/Sunnex)

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