AS THE operation costs and oil prices hike, 1 United Transport Coalition Representative Vigor Mendoza said the transport sector is planning to cut the number of jeepneys and taxis plying the streets.

He added that 20 percent of all running units will be reduced if the plan pushes through.

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“This is the first time the suggestion to cut down the number of vehicles came from the private sector,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza said drivers and operators are having low income amid the increase in public transport vehicles.

However, Mendoza said there is a conflict because as much as the private sector wants to reduce the number of vehicles, the government continues to issue franchises.

He said: “the first step to reducing vehicles in the street is the apprehension of colorum vehicles.”

“We cannot reduce if there are still colorum plying the streets, we need to get rid of the illegal vehicles first,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza said the suspended Radio Frequency identification card (RFID) could have been the first step in identifying colorum vehicles.

Public Transport Affairs Office head Jonie Itliong said monitoring units is needed to reduce its number in the region.

“We need to know the exact number of units in the region before we can act on this,” Itliong said.

He added that illegal vehicles should really be stopped as this is a big problem for legitimate operators in the region.

Mendoza advised drivers and operators to switch to alternative livelihood programs if they will be displaced from the streets.

“We are promoting alternative livelihood to augment their income if they will be the ones affected by reduction scheme,” Mendoza said.

He said there is an available fund for livelihood projects but project proposals are needed.

“Show them [other] business opportunities, it’s all economics, they don’t have enough alternatives that’s why they think the transport sector is the easiest way to earn money,” Mendoza said.