DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed support to a new national policy imposing higher fines for colorum vehicles and traffic rule violators.
"Colorum is a problem. Pag nadisgrasya yan, wala pati insurance. It’s about time," Duterte said Sunday.
As of Sunday, a total of 10 colorum buses were already caught in different areas of the country.
The Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the LTO imposes a much higher fine for colorum vehicles: P1 million for buses, P200,000 for trucks, P50,000 for jeepneys, P200,000 for vans, P120,000 for taxis, and P6,000 for tricycles for the first offense.
Two Bachelor Express buses in Northern Mindanao, carrying passengers from Butuan City to Cagayan were among the 10 colorum buses caught during its first wave of implementation.
“Bus with temporary plate no. 151010 was operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization, and no registration papers could be presented to authorities. Bus with plate no. LYE-668 was also operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization,” a report from the Official Gazette reads.