SEVEN colorum vehicles were apprehended by Department of Transportation and Railways (DOTr) in the Cordillera during the implementation of “Oplan Kamao”.

DOTr-Cordillera assistant regional director Mohammad Nasser Abbas explained the implementation of “Oplan Kamao”, which started on March 4 in the hope to rid vehicles with no proper registration.

“Most of the vehicles we apprehended belongs to UHOP and UV Express who only presented applications while their OR (CR) were identified as private vehicles. We conducted an investigation at our central office and found out that these were not allowed by the department,” Abbas explained.

DOTR operatives also found certifications which were signed having wrong decisions. The original decision must contain the signature of LTFRB Chairman Delgra.

“In the case of UHOP, we should remember that they operate on a pick-and-drop basis and must not operate having a terminal. Their passengers should be picked up through an on call basis like UBER and GRAB,” the assistant director reiterated.

The apprehension saw four UHOP vans, and three colorum vehicles which are now presently impounded at the AFP facility at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

Meanwhile, the DOTR Cordillera clarified it suspended a bus of the Rising Sun and not its fleet.

“We issued a show cause order under the due process of law of one of the buses of Rising Sun. The driver was apprehended who forcibly operated the bus which I personally inspected but we are giving a consideration to the driver to explain since no one was hurt in the accident,” Abbas explained.

The DOTR official also saw various violations of bus companies plying Naguillan road particularly a breach of franchise by the Florida Bus Lines.

“The violations which we issued to these bus companies consisted of defective lights, breaks, signal lights aside from operating an old bus which are considered as accident prone,” said Abbas.