Bus drivers raise issue vs colorum

VALLACAR Transit Incorporated, operator of Ceres Liner buses, and its drivers have raised their concerns on colorum (unlicensed) vehicles operating in Negros Occidental.

The drivers, who attended a refresher course on vehicle franchise and traffic rules at the Vallacar Transit compound in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City Wednesday cited that aside from private vehicles used as public utility vehicles (PUVs), taxis are also used as “ulo-ulo,” or those catering to several passengers together in one particular trip.

These taxis usually travel from Bacolod City going to out-of-town destinations even up to Sipalay City.

u201cSome of the colorum vehicles usually operate as fly-by-night and are seemingly racing with buses in speed,” the drivers added.

“It is somehow unfair to the bus firm that is strictly complying with all the guidelines and requirements set by traffic authorities,” said Vallacar Transit Media and Legal Affairs Chief Jesidith Seballos.

For his part, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Director Romulo Bernardes said that they are implementing rules, however they lack in personnel.

He said that taxi “ulo-ulo” is not allowed and is considered an overcharging violation with a penalty of P5,000 to P10,000.

For colorums, public utility jeepney, van and bus units have a corresponding penalty of P50,000, P200,000 and P1 million respectively.

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