No higher fines for 'out-of-line' vehicles: LTFRB

Posted at 06/18/2014 2:28 PM | Updated as of 06/18/2014 4:54 PM

MANILA – The imposition of higher fines for ''out-of-line'' buses and other vehicles will not be enforced tomorrow, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Wintson Ginez said.

Speaking to dzMM, Ginez said out-of-line buses will be exempted from the enforcement of the joint administrative order by the LTFRB, Land Transportation Office, and Department of Transportation and Communications, which will take effect tomorrow, June 19.

''Ito lamang ay para sa mga out-of-line, iyung tinatawag natin na merong mga prangkisa pero hindi nila nasusunod kung ano ang nakalagay na awtorisadong ruta nila sa franchise. Halimbawa, may mga iba dyan na [ang ruta ay] Pasay-Dagupan, dumederecho ng Baguio,'' he said.

Ginez said a study must first be made about imposing higher fines for out-of-line buses, since implementing the order might result in a shortage of buses.

"Kami ay nag-agree, amin munang ire-view, pag-aaralan at itatama ang mga ruta na ito, bago i-implement ang sa out-of-line. Pero ang sa colorum o wala talagang mga lisensya eh tuloy na tuloy na ito,'' he said.

Under the order, the penalties for colorum vehicles are pegged at 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 first offenses.

Violators' colorum vehicles will also be impounded for three months and the public utility vehicles shall be blacklisted.

The order also prescribes higher fines and penalties for drivers or operators cited for traffic violations.

Meanwhile, Ginez said colorum trucks are still being given 120 days to apply for franchise.