OUT-OF-LINE passenger jeepneys, FX and Asian Utility Vehicles (AUV) will be the next target of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in its renewed drive against illegal vehicles in the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the crackdown will come after the agency, together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), has rid Metro Manila of colorum passenger buses.

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“Pagkatapos naming tanggalin sa mga daan ang mga colorum na bus, susunod naman naming huhulihin ang mga colorum na jeepneys, FX at mga AUV,” Tolentino said.

The MMDA chief said they would also coordinate with the local government units in their campaign.

Earlier, the MMDA signed an agreement with the LTFRB to clear the metropolis major roadways, particularly the Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) of illegally operating buses.

About 5,000 Metro Manila buses and 7,000 provincial buses pass through EDSA and other major roads. The two agencies target to inspect 1,000 buses a day.

Of the number, Tolentino said 3,500 have valid franchise while the rest are colorum and out-of-line.

Under the set-up, Metro Manila and provincial buses using EDSA will have their plate number and chassis stenciled so that authorities will have an easy time checking if they have valid franchise to operate.

Violators face suspension or cancellation of permit.

For the first offense, violators are charged a fine of P6,000, suspension of driver’s license for three months and a storage fee of P1,500 per day for each vehicle parked in the impounding area

Second offenders are charged P12,000, suspension of driver’s license for three months and a daily storage fee of P2,000.

Penalties for the third offense are include a fine of P18,000, suspension of driver’s license for one year and storage fee of P2,500 per day. (AH/Sunnex)