THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) said it will be on the lookout for colorum vehicles ferrying “hakot” and flying voters for Monday’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
Department of Transportation (DoTr) Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos, said the move is also in line with transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s desire to give the public safe and comfortable travel especially those who will go to provinces for the elections.
“It is high time for out-of-line and colorum vehicles to stop being used for ‘hakot’ voters to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” Orbos said stressing that “it is part of DoTr’s mandate to make sure vehicles plying on the road aren’t colorum and out-of-line.”
Meanwhile, Orbos appealed to vehicle operators and drivers for them not to be used in such illegal activities as penalties for those who will violate are harsh.
“Aside from colorum violation, drivers and operators might face jail time according to the Omnibus Election Code,” he said.
At the same time, Orbos vowed to “…make sure no candidate will be spared, particularly those who will use colorum vehicles for their personal advantage.”
The official likewise encouraged public participation to and report vehicles suspected of transporting flying voters on I-ACT’s Facebook page or DoTr’s Action Center Hotline 7890.
Based on I-ACT’s data, there are already 2,954 vehicles flagged down, impounded, and issued citation tickets under the council’s Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok and anti-colorum vehicle campaign.