By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
DEPARTMENT of Transportation Undersecretary and Inter-Agency Council for Traffic Tim Orbos is set to meet Metro Manila mall operators anew to reiterate that hefty fines will be imposed on them if they continue to allow unregistered public vehicles in their terminals.
At the same time, Orbos will renew his appeal to the mall operators for their full cooperation in the on-going government’s drive against colorum or unregistered public vehicles.
In a press statement, the I-ACT said Orbos is scheduled to meet all mall operators in the National Capital Region on Thursday to remind them not to harbor colorum vehicles in their respective terminals. Among those expected to attend the meeting is Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair Martin Delgra.
“We need to remind the mall operators of their responsibility not to allow colorum vehicles in their terminals, otherwise, they will be made answerable for this,” Orbos said referring to the LTFRB Memorandum Circular Number 2017-030 that pertains to the accountability of establishments that allow colorum vehicles in their terminals.
Under the said memorandum, after due notice and hearing, terminal operators shall be subjected to a hefty fine depending on the colorum vehicles illegally operating within their terminal. The fines are as follows:
A. Public Utility Jeep (PUJ)/Filcab – Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP50,000.00) per unit;
B. Taxis – One Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos (PhP120,000.00) per unit;
C. UV Express/Vans – Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php200,000.00) per unit; and
D. Public Utility Bus (PUB) – One Million Pesos (PhP1,000,000.00) per unit.
“We are assuring the public that there won’t be any let-up in this campaign so we are seeking the support of mall operators to have their terminals compliant to the LTFRB guidelines for off-street terminal operations and making it colorum-free,” Orbos said.
To date, there are 195 malls in Metro Manila, 16 of which are along EDSA. These malls also serve as transport hubs as they house terminals for UV Express, taxis, buses, and jeepneys.