THE Department of Transportation through the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic has embarked on removing unroadworthy public vehicles from Metro Manila.
In a statement sent to Beyond Deadlines, the DoTr, which dubbed the campaign “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok;” said the program will be coordinated with other I-Act members which include the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the various traffic enforcement units of Metro Manila Local Government Units.
It added that the campaign is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive enjoining them to clean the streets of the metropolis of unroadworthy vehicles.
DoTr Undersecretary for Road and Infrastructure Tim Orbos said “we will be strictly enforcing the on-road inspection of public transport vehicles.” He added “all public transport that we see not road worthy will be stopped and will be issued a subpoena for them to undergo the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).”
Moreover, Orbos said, failure to pass said inspection test which consists of sixty points test of road worthiness will result in the suspension of their franchises until they pass said exam.
Body (appearance), engine, lights, brakes, tires, horn, battery, and smoke emission are some of the items included in the road worthiness test.
According to Orbos, the intensified road worthiness campaign, upon the initiative of DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and with the support of MMDA through Chairman Danilo Lim, will, among others, ensure the safety of commuters.
Pilot areas for the campaign include EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Avenue, and Marcos Highway.