New fine for ‘colorum buses’ to reach P1-M

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Monday, February 24, 2014


THE Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday said the days of the "out-of-line" or colorum public utility buses (PUBs) and vehicles (PUVs) are already numbered as the agency is set to impose stricter penalties to the would be violators.

During the hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila Development on Monday, LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said that the proposed upgraded penalties were already submitted for the approval of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

"We are now revising our fines and penalties… and already discussed that with the bus operators and, in fact, this is already in the office of the Secretary of the DOTC," Ginez said

Under the new rules set by the agency, a huge fine of P1-million will be imposed to those PUBs/PUVs that will be caught operating illegally or out-of-line.

Ginez noted that aside from the stricter fine, there will be an imposition of impoundment for three-months for the apprehended vehicles.

"A fine of P1-million for as far as colorum buses is concerned. Kasama rin po dito sa fines and penalties ang mga jeep, taxi at mga UV. If ever they will be involved in colorum activities. Aside from that, sa first offense po ang mga out of line buses, there will be an imposition of impoundment for 3-months," Ginez said.

The LTFRB noted that after the second offense, there will be a cancellation of franchise and Certificate of Public Conveyance (CPCs) where the unit is involve while total cancellation of fleet of the bus operator will be imposed by the LTFRB after the third offense.

Ginez said that aside from total revocation of the entire bus fleet, the violators will be blacklisted, and the company will be subjected to perpetual disqualification of the board directors, and the stock holders who own and operate public utility vehicles.

He added that after the final offense, it will also result to the cancellation of registration of all the authorized units.

"Ibig sabihin po nun, hinde na sila puwede maging PUV or private vehicles. Hinde na sila puwede ibenta ng operators for private use," Ginez said.

Ginez added that the agency will recommend that the new fines will not just be an administrative ruling, and will ask the Congress to file a bill, which will strengthen its grip in the future.

"Kapag administrative lang kasi, pag nag palit na ng pinuno ng bansa, baka hinder in maipagpatuloy but pag naisabatas yung mga bagong multa, ay talagang susunod na ang mga operators sa sinasabi ng batas," Ginez said. (Sunnex)

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