7 unlicensed commuter vans impounded; drivers arrested

SEVEN colorum vans were apprehended by authorities during a joint operation conducted at Dumoy area yesterday morning .

The joint team of the City Transport and Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-XI) and Traffic Group flagged down the unregistered vans entering and exiting the city

“The colorum vans all came from Cotabato City,” Supt. Franklin Pascual Pascual, officer-In-charge of Traffic Group, said.

The vans are now under the custody of the LTO-XI.

The operation was in line with the order of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last month for the police and government agencies to impound colorum vans and arrest the drivers.

Colorum vans refer to vehicles with no legal permit to solicit passengers.

Macario Gonzaga, assistant regional director of LTO-XI, the drivers will face a minimum penalty of P200,000.

“But that will still depend on the circumstances,” he said.

During his “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” program, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the DCPO to take the lead in dismantling the illegal terminals in the city.

“Why do I have to wait for someone who is not there?” Duterte said, implying authorities such as the Land Transportation and Franchise Regulation Board and the Land Transportation Office.

“The ugly reality stares at you and there is no authority.”

Duterte said that the police had the power to make arrests and inspections, especially when it concerns colorum vehicles because there was no guarantee that the vehicle has been inspected and roadworthy.

“Even police has jurisdiction over illegal terminals,” he said.

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