AT LEAST 34 vans were apprehended since March 2017 by enforcers of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Lawyer Jose Eduardo Natividad, DoTr-CAR director, said the vehicles have no franchise in transporting passengers.
“Noong March, we were able to impound 34 colorum na van. At nito lamang April, isa sa mga nahuli is a colorum van na nag-aabang sa terminal na nakitang nagkakarga ng mga pasahero kaya na-impound ang sasakyan,” Natividad said.
DoTr intensified its campaign against colorum vehicles following the complaints of some transport groups in the city.
“Ang penalty is P200,000 per van and for the buses it is P1,000,000. Yung iba they have contested yung paghuhuli yung iba ay nakaprotesta pa but others have admitted. Once you have admitted kasi ay magbabayad ka but yung karamihan, they will be protesting,” Natividad said.
To date, Natividad said they have yet to receive appeal from the operators of the apprehended vans.
“Bawal kasi yan dahil walang franchise, hindi tayo sure sa road worthiness ng private vehicle na iyan kung na-maintain ba nang maayos. Dahil kung may franchise, subject to scrutiny yan at inspection. Pangalawa, walang insurance na coverage hindi gaya ng mga common carriers na required sila for insurance,” Natividad said.
From April 7 to 17, enforcers of DoTr-CAR also conducted ocular inspections in all terminals in the region and have found several violations.
Common violations include no trash bins, no tools and no first aid kit, while some vehicles have broken glasses.
Some have no allotted seats for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Some drivers were also found out to have no special permit, traveling outside their routes.
The enforcers advised drivers to always check their brakes and wipers before traveling.
DoTr-CAR assured it will continue its campaign against bad practices to avoid any apprehensions as well as accidents during travel.
Any discourteous driver or conductor may be also reported in DoTr-CAR office for possible disciplinary action.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on April 20, 2017.
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