The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said non-metered shuttles, AUVs and tourist buses will sport vehicle tags starting December 12 as the agency intensifies its campaign against illegal operators of public-utility vehicles.
This was announced by MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino after inspecting a terminal at the Trinoma Mall that is being used by the members of the 10,000-strong Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO).
"Our main objective in implementing the tagging scheme is to eradicate the operation of colorum vehicles. ACTO's voluntary compliance to it will definitely boost our campaign as it shows willingness to police their own rank," Tolentino said. "I am hopeful that other transport groups will follow ACTO's act and have their units painted as early as now to avoid any inconvenience once we start with the full implementation."
In preparation for the eventual roll out of the MMDA's tagging scheme, ACTO members simultaneously conducted the painting of tags on their respective vehicles in Parañaque, Manila, and Taguig.
The tag works by having a public-utility vehicle's license plate number painted on its roof, front, back and two sides using a color scheme for easy classification. The color scheme is as follows:
- Yellow for city buses plying EDSA;
- Orange for city buses not plying EDSA;
- Red for provincial buses plying EDSA;
- Violet for provincial buses not plying EDSA;
- Brown for public utility jeepneys;- Blue for metered taxis;
- Green for non-metered / garage taxis / AUV taxis;
- Gray or Silver for school buses;
- Pink for tourist or shuttle buses; and
- Gold for cargo trucks.