High penalties on illegal PUVs meant to deter colorum operations — DOTC

February 20, 2014 11:34 am 

MANILA, Feb. 20 — Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on Thursday said the high penalties for illegal public utility vehicles (PUVs) caught are meant to keep colorum PUVs off the streets.

Abaya said under the planned penalties for colorum vehicles, buses will be fined P1 million, UV express at P200,000, taxis at P 120,000, and public utility jeepneys at P50,000. He said they came up with the fees based on 20 percent of the brand new cost of a PUV.

“Many will probably say that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) , and Land Transportation Office (LTO) are cruel. But on my point of view, this is an illegal act that should be immediately stopped),” Abaya said.

The high penalties came up after a series of fatal vehicular accidents involving public utility vehicles occurred in the past months. Once a colorum PUV gets involved in an accident, the victims will not be compensated by insurance companies.

The latest of the fatal accidents was one involving a GV Florida Bus in Bontoc, Mountain Province wherein actor-comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez was one of the fatalities.

Last December, a Don Mariano Transit Bus fell off the Skyway, killing 21 and injuring 21 others.

Abaya said the move will discourage underground transport operators from continuing with the illegal activity.

“We must discourage them from continuing with the illegal activity. We will impose high fees so they cannot afford it. This is illegal, so they must stop,” Abaya said.

He said the new order has already reached his office Wednesday and it will not be long that this will be implemented.

“The order must have a series of publications of 15 days. So, roughly this will be implemented next month,” he added.

Abaya urged transport operators to report either to the DOTC, LTFRB, or LTO should any law enforcer extort money from them in exchange of not apprehending the colorum vehicle.(PNA)

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