In view of the call of Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade to act with urgency against “COVID-19 smuggling” involving trucks and colorum vans clandestinely transporting untested people into the NCR plus quarantine bubble, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) has set forth a fortified anti-colorum operation along Circumferential Road Brgy. San Jose, Sumulong Hi-way and Manuel L. Quezon Exit, Antipolo City today, 7 April 2021, to complement their continuous inspection of the compliance of PUVs to health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, truck drivers were enjoined to open their back doors for a cargo bed inspection.
A total of eleven (11) vehicles, composed of ten (10) vans and one (1) taxi, were identified as ‘colorum’ by the I-ACT special operations unit, led by Col. Jose Manuel Bonnevie (Ret.), and made up of member agents from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Central Office, and PNP-HPG Regional Highway Patrol Unit-National Capital Region (RHPU-NCR) MC Unit.
Eight (8) of the apprehended were illegally leased private vehicles operating as company service shuttles, followed by two (2) vehicles found operating as public utility vehicles without authorization from the LTFRB or offering “ulo-ulo” services, and one (1) public utility vehicle operating outside its LTFRB-authorized route.
The apprehended colorum drivers were issued an Inspection Report Summons (IRSs) with their vehicle impounded shortly thereafter, destined for the impounding area located in Magalang, Pampanga under the jurisdiction of the LTFRB where the vehicles are subject to an impounding period of three months upon payment of the ₱120,000 fine for sedans and ₱200,000 fine for vans.
“The dangers of colorum operations have become more pronounced this ECQ, as they are avenues for heightened COVID-19 transmission inside and outside of the NCR plus bubble. Thus, the task force is putting great emphasis in apprehending these illegal transport activities for our collective safety,” expressed I-ACT Chief and DOTr A/S for Special Concerns, B/Gen. Manuel Gonzales (ret).
Additionally, the task force also cited (47) forty-seven traffic violations compounded into (44) forty-four Temporary Operator’s Permits and issued to their respective drivers, including failure to wear the standard protective helmet (38 cases), driving without a valid driver’s license (2 cases), driving an unregistered motor vehicle (2 cases), no OR/CR (2 cases) motor vehicle with unauthorized accessories (1 case), breach of PD 96 (1 case), and failure to carry a driver’s license (1 case).
This initiative is pursuant to the mission of the council in promoting the safety and security of the public, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
07 APRIL 2021