PH transportation authorities call on MM mall operators to stop allowing colorum vehicles in their terminals or face hefty fines

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

Bus bay (terminal) of a big Matro Manila mall. Image © Picssr

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.

Transportation Undersecretary and Inter Agency Council for Traffic head Tomas Orbos Photo © Inquirer News

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.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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