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Stiffer fines for colorums at NAIA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport © rappler.com

EFFECTIVE immediately out of line or “colorum” public utility vehicles at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be impounded and stiffer fines imposed on their operators.

This was learned on Tuesday shortly after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which aims to stop the operation of “colorums” in the four NAIA terminals.

MIAA GM Ed Monreal Photo © http://interaksyon.com

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the agreement will improve public transport services at the airport through the stricter implementation of national traffic management rules and regulation.

Monreal said airport policemen will implement the national policy mandating the apprehension of “colorum” vehicles. He added that instead of the usual P1,000 fines, colorum operators will now be meted fines ranging from P120,000 to P200,000.

Under the agreement, the LTFRB will assist the MIAA law enforcement units in implementing existing laws, rules and regulations within the vicinity of MIAA. The agreement also will include the imposition of LTFRB Standard Fare Rates on Vehicle-For-Hire Service.

The installation of GPS Device to all PUB Service Units, the yearly issuance of Certificate of Public Convenience and Sticker and the imposition of penalties for submitting fake or spurious documents, and other kinds of misrepresentations were also agreed upon.

Meanwhile, LTFRB Chairman Martin B. Delgra III said the MOA “will promote cooperation and coordination in the monitoring and enforcement of public land transportation laws, national and airport traffic laws and other traffic regulations at NAIA.”

Delgra noted that the agreement reiterates that the function of the LTFRB is to coordinate and cooperate with other government agencies and entities concerned with any aspect involving public land transportation services with the end in view of effecting continuing improvement of such services.

He also said that it further affirms that the MIAA is the mandated government corporate agency responsible for the operation and management of the country’s premiere airport hub and complex that promotes international and domestic air traffic in the Philippines.

As this developed, Monreal disclosed that at least two “colorum” vehicles plying at the NAIA are being apprehended monthly. He added that aside from out of line vehicles, there are also 400 apprehensions for various violations of public utility vehicles every month.

Most of the violations committed are overcharging, contracting and malfunctioning of taxi meters.

At the same time, Monreal appealed to passengers to avoid dealing with solicitors and keep away from unmarked vehicles. He also advised passengers to report any abusive drivers who take advantage while on a trip.

Monreal said all apprehensions of public utility vehicles (PUVs) by MIAA policemen will be reported to the LTFRB for proper disposition.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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