'Colorum' buses face P1M fine

Posted at 06/16/14 10:07 PM

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), along with Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will form a task force to implement the new policy against out-of-line and "colorum" vehicles.

The Joint Administrative Order (JAO), which stipulates higher fines and penalties against "colorum" buses and vehicles, will be implemented starting Thursday.

The agency will set up specific points in major thoroughfares in the metropolis, which will check if the buses have registered franchises or if they are in their registered routes.

The LTFRB also clarified that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Highway Patrol Group, and traffic enforcers from local government units are not deputized to implement the order, at least in terms of penalizing "colorum" vehicles due to the heavier penalties.

This will also protect motorists from extortion.

According to the JAO, violators will be fined up to P1 million on their first offense.

The vehicle will also be impounded for at least three months.

Those who will be caught a second time will suffer from cancellation of franchise. The operators will also be blacklisted, and will not be allowed to operate other public utility vehicles. -- with a report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News