QC councilors to file ordinance seen to solve colorum issues, public transport shortage

admin   •   January 17, 2017   •   3103

An ordinance for a comprehensive and rational local public transport service plan is set to be filed at the Quezon City Council.

Problems in colorum or illegal public transport and the rising demand for an efficient public transport are the issues that an ordinance in Quezon City seeks to solve.

Councilor Ramon Medalla said it is obvious that commuters continue to struggle with taking public transportation on a daily basis.

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There are also resolutions that they will submit to the Quezon City Council that will urge the Congress to expedite the passage of a bill that regulates the sale of motor vehicles in Metro Manila and also the lifting of moratorium for the franchise of public transport.

“We also look for the areas that have crowded public transport so that the LGU may recommend to decrease them. If example, there is a place that needs to augment, then we recommend so,” Medalla added.

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The Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection also has the same assessment and way of resolving the said problems.

“The colorum problem should be solved not only by enforcing the rules against colorum but we need to look, why are there colorums—  because there are demands,” said Atty. Ariel Inton. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue





DOTr to LTFRB: Intensify crackdown vs. Angkas drivers

admin   •   December 19, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has tasked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to intensify its campaign against motorcycle-ride hailing app, Angkas drivers who continue to operate.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the transportation department has followed the injuction released by the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court in favor of Angkas in the past, so now, the secretary insisted that Angkas must follow the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court, which is based on the decision of the Mandaluyong RTC.

The secretary said that the department will enforce the law against colorum bikers. — UNTV News & Rescue

PRRD orders nationwide crackdown on ‘colorum’ PUVs after Mindoro crash

admin   •   March 26, 2018


President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

MANILA, Philippines — After the fatal accident in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro involving Dimple Star bus,  President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the crackdown of all drivers and operators of colorum public utility vehicles (PUV) in the country.

The president made the statement during the anniversary of Supreme Tribal Council in Calinan, Davao City last Friday.

The president insisted that his order is legal and according to law.

“How will you defend the Filipino when son of a b**** you won’t move? So starting tomorrow, the police and the highway patrol will arrest and jail all the drivers and the operators,” said the president. “Why? because it is fraud. It’s cheating and that is a crime. Some of you don’t know about the reckless imprudence. Nobody is being apprehended on reckless imprudence. It would eventually be declared as an accident.”

He also warned drivers or operators who will fight back against the arresting law enforcement officers.

“And if you resist violently, listen carefully to this, if you resist violently and your resistance puts the life of the soldiers and the police in danger because you have arms, then my order to them is, ‘Shoot them. Kill them’,” said the president.

According to the chief executive, the colorum of public utility vehicles has been a long-time problem and it is the government’s fault why it hasn’t been resolved.

If there will not be enough forces to impose his orders he assigned the military to provide help.

On Monday, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) will conduct anti-colorum operations in bus terminals in Metro Manila. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

LTFRB to conduct safety checks at bus terminals for upcoming Undas

UNTV News   •   October 27, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Personnels from LTFRB conducting bus inspections

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has released guidelines for all public utility vehicles that will operate during Undas.

On Monday, the LTFRB will make rounds at various bus terminals to determine their level of preparedness for the expected surge in the number of passengers.

The agency reminds bus companies to ensure that their units are in good condition like its brakes, wheels, lights and other parts.

LTFRB also reminds them to provide alternate driver per bus unit especially if the travel time will take more than six hours.

The agency also prohibits the sitting of passengers on the center isle of the bus so passengers could easily pass through.

It also reminds drivers to follow traffic rules to avoid accidents.

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada have cautioned passengers against the modus operandi of some colorum vehicles that take advantage of the influx of passengers this long holiday.

“Some barkers will approach you and offer you with cheaper fares, and immediate travel of buses. You will no longer have to wait, you will be sent by a private vehicle that will wait for it to be filled with four more passengers. You will be brought to a certain street where the colorum bus waits,” Lizada said.

The LTFRB reminds the public to avoid riding in colorum vehicles because in the event that the colorum vehicle were to meet an accident, victims will receive no insurance or financial assistance they can use for treatment.

Authorities have assured that bus terminals in Quezon City are ready for the surge of passengers bound for the provinces.

“In terms of safety of our buses, these are ready for inspection of the LTFRB. Our wheels, windshield, drivers, drug testing, all of these are already conditioned,” Five Star Bus Liason Office Virgilio Nemis said.

“Lalung-lalo napo yung aming mga gulong,battery yung mga ilaw, talaga po yan eh tinututukan at binibigyan ng pansin ng aming maintenance (Our maintenance [personnel] is closely monitoring in particular the condition of our fleet’s wheels, battery and lights),” Jam Liner Terminal OIC Feliciano Perez said.

“Fully-oriented samin yan lalo na kapag ganitong tag-ulan. Binibigyan namin reminders, drive safely lalo kung madudulas ang daan ([Our drivers] are fully-oriented especially during rainy season. We give reminders to drive safely particularly when roads are slippery),” ES Transport Dispatcher Gener Diana said.

Aside from the safe travel, some of the matters being considered by passengers are the facilities of the bus terminals.

“It’s clean here. But in other buses it’s dirty. The CR (comfort room/toilet) is okay. But you still have to pay five pesos every time you want to pee,” passenger Maria Mora said.

“We feel comfortable. The terminal is clean,” passenger Zenia Pascual said.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB has already approved the application of more than 500 buses with provincial routes to operate during the Undas. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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