Orbos to Terminal Operators: Stop Tolerating Colorum Vehicles

DoTr Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos. Image © philstar.com

THE Inter-agency Council for Traffic has appealed for the nth time to terminal owners and operators to stop allowing colorum vehicles in their facilities as the government is now getting stiffer on its policies against vehicles without valid franchise.

Task Force Kamao, the inter-agency task force focusing on colorum vehicles on a nationwide scale, intensifies its crackdown on those vehicles as part of the government’s pledge with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to promote road safety.

According to Department of Transportation Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos, legitimate terminal owners who allow colorum vehicles to operate within their premises would not be going off the hook.

“Being legitimate won’t excuse terminal operators. If there is even a single colorum vehicle operating under their roof, they will still be subjected to fine and penalties stipulated in the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines,” Orbos forewarned.

Based on the LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2017-030 or the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, penalties would depend on the type of vehicles and the number of units found and proven to be operating inside an off-street transport terminal:

A.      Public Utility Jeep/Filcab – Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP 50,000) per unit;

B.      Taxis – One Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos (PhP120,000) per unit;

C.      UV Express/Vans – Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php200,000) per unit, and;

D.     Public Utility Buses – One Million Pesos (PhP1,000,000) per unit

“Our all-out war on colorum vehicles is continuous and more stringent than before especially that the holidays is fast approaching.”

“The demand for vehicles is usually high during this season and some are taking advantage of it. But if an untoward incident happens, colorum vehicles can’t give their commuters the help they should get. Curbing colorum vehicles is meant to give the riding public their much needed safety on the road,” Orbos explained.

 

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