It seems the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Land Transportation Office are bent on ridding the streets of 'colorum' or unauthorized public vehicles.
Tomorrow, June 4, the three government agencies will issue Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, or the revised schedule of fines and penalties for the violation of laws, rules and regulations governing land transportation. The order will then take effect on June 19, "15 days after tomorrow's publication in two newspapers of general circulation."
"Safety is always our priority," said DOTC secretary Jun Abaya. "Recent accidents have highlighted the need for harsher penalties to deter illegal PUV practices and to better protect the public. The most significant change we are imposing is the P1-million fine on 'colorum' bus operators for the first offense, to show that we really mean business in putting an end to their inimical activities that put people’s lives at risk."
The fines for other first-time colorum offenders are:
* Trucks - P200,000;
* Jeepneys - P50,000;
* Vans - P200,000;
* Sedans - P120,000; and
* Motorcycles - P6,000.
On top of the fines, the colorum vehicle will also be impounded for at least three months; the vehicle registration and the entire certificate of public convenience (CPC) will be revoked; and the vehicle will be blacklisted from being used as a PUV in the future.
For second-time offenders, the entire fleet or all CPCs of the operator will be revoked; the vehicles will be blacklisted from being used as PUVs in the future, and the operator's vehicle registrations will also be revoked. In addition, the operator--and in case of corporations, the stockholders and the directors--will be disqualified from operating any kind of public land transportation in the future.
Abaya added that Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 covers not only PUV-related violations, such as refusing to convey passengers to their destination, but also "all breaches of road transport rules and regulations, such as the failure to attach license plates as well as driving without a valid license."