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DOTC-LTFRB-LTO impose stricter penalties on public vehicles

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Text: / Photos: Brent Co | posted June 07, 2014 11:35

Fines of up to PhP 1 million to rid streets of unauthorized PUVs

The Department of Transport and Communications (DOTC) together with its sub-agenies the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01 which aims to impose stricter fines and penalties against erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators who are operating illegally or those who will violate their franchise regulations.

"Safety is always our priority. Recent accidents have highlighted the need for harsher penalties to deter illegal PUV practices and to better protect the public. The most significant change we are imposing is the P 1-million fine on colorum bus operators for the first offense, to show that we really mean business in putting an end to their inimical activities which put people’s lives at risk," said Secretary of Transportation Jun Abaya.

Tampered plate

Unscrupulous PUV operators have gone as far as tampering chassis, engine, and vehicle unit numbers to circumvent franchise regulations. Some event operate with tampered or improvised license plates.

In aid of the agencies' operation against 'colorum' PUVs, heavier fines and extended periods of impounding will be carried out against violators. The certificate of public convenience (CPC) to which the colorum vehicle belongs will be revoked, as well as their vehicle registrations. They will also be blacklisted from being used as PUVs in the future. For repeat offenders, CPCs of the entire fleet of the operator will be revoked, as well as vehicle registrations and a permanent blacklist.

The order covers other PUV-related violations as well, such as the refusal to render services to the public or to convey passengers to their destination; overcharging; employing reckless, insolent, discourteous, or arrogant drivers; operating PUVs with defective parts and accessories; using tampered taximeters; trip cutting; and others.

PUV drivers were also recently given a zero tolerance on alcohol consumption and drug use while driving; as stated in the implementing rules and regulations released by the DOTC for RA 10586 otherwise known as the Anti Drunk or Drugged Driving Act.

TYPE OF VIOLATION

PENALTIES

1. Colorum Violation - A motor vehicle is considered operating as "colorum" under any of the following circumstances:

 

  1. A private motor vehicle operating as a PUV but without proper authority from the LTFRB;

 

  1. A PUV operating outside of its approved route or area without a prior permit from the Board or outside the exceptions provided under existing memorandum circulars;

 

  1. A PUV operating differently from its authorized denomination (ex. those approved as school service but operating as UV express, or those approved as tourist bus transport but operating as city or provincial bus); and

 

  1. A PUV with suspended or cancelled CPC and the Decision/Order of suspension or cancellation is executory; and

 

  1.  A PUV with expired CPC and without a pending application for extension of validity timely filed before the Board.

 

PENALTIES FOR FIRST (1st) OFFENSE

TYPE OF VEHICLE

FINE

Minimum Impounding Period (unit)

Status of CPC

BUS

P1 Million

3 months

1. Revocation of the ENTIRE Certificate of Public Convenience ("CPC") where the apprehended vehicle belongs (except when apprehended vehicle is with private/green plate);

2. Blacklisting of the apprehended vehicle and all other authorized units included in the CPC from being used as a public utility vehicle; and

3. Revocation of the registration of the apprehended vehicle and all other authorized units included in the franchise.

TRUCKS

P200,000

3 months

same as above

JEEPNEY

P50,000

3 months

same as above

VANS

P200,000

3 months

same as above

SEDAN

P120,000

3 months

same as above

MC

P6,000

3 months

same as above

For the commission of 2nd Offense, the penalty shall be:

 

  1. Revocation of ALL CPCs (entire fleet) of the operator;
  2. Disqualification of the operator, and, in case of a corporation, all its stockholders and directors, to operate any kind of public land transportation;
  3. Blacklisting of ALL authorized units (entire fleet) of the operator from being used as public utility vehicle; and
  4. Revocation of the registration of ALL authorized units (entire fleet) of the operator.

 

In determining the frequency of offenses, the LTFRB and its RFRBs will count offenses against operators and not against a particular motor vehicle or CPC. Hence, the second apprehension of a vehicle belonging to the same operator, regardless of whether the first and second vehicle apprehended are included in the same or different CPCs, shall be countedas second (2nd) offense.

 

If a private motor vehicle operating as a PUV but without proper authority from the LTFRB is apprehended, the LTFRB or RFRBs shall, in addition to the abovementioned fines, impounding, and penalty, disqualify the registered owner, and, in case of a corporation, all its stockholders and directors, to operate any kind of public land transportation.

2. Refusal to render service to the public or convey passenger to

Destination *

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

 

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

 

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

3. Overcharging/Unde

Rcharging of fare*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

 

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

 

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

4. Failure proper markings to provide body *

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

5. No franchise/ Certificate of Public Convenience or evidence of franchise presented during apprehension or carried inside the motor vehicle *

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

6. Fraud and falsities such as presentation of fake and spurious CPC, OR/CR, plates, stickers and tags*

Revocation/Cancellation of the franchise/Certificate of Public Convenience, after due notice of hearing pursuant to LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2013-003

7. Employing reckless, insolent, discourteous or arrogant drivers

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

8. Allowing an unauthorized driver to drive PUV or allowing a driver to drive PUV without bringing his/her driver's license*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

9. Operating the unit/s with defective parts and accessories*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

10. Failure to provide fare discount to those entitled under existing laws and pertinent Memorandum Circulars of the LTFRB*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

11. Failure to provide the Board with complete, correct, and updated operator's information (such as, but not limited to, address, contact numbers, list of drivers, etc.) and other forms of misrepresentation

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

                                                                                                 

12. Failure to display "No Smoking"' signage and/or allowing personnel or passenger to smoke inside the vehicle

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

13. Fast, tampered, defective taximeter or operating without or with an old seal taximeter (TX only)*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

14. Tampered, broken, joined, reconnected, fake or altered sealing wire (TX only)*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

15. Violation of color scheme or design/ Adoption of new color design without authority from the Board (PUB and TX only)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

16. Unregistered or Unauthorized trade/business name (PUB and TX only)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

17. No Panel Route (PUJ, PUB, UV)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

18. No sign board* (PUJ, PUB, UV)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

19. Pick and Drop of Passengers outside the terminal (PUJ, PUB, UV)*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

20. Carrying of illegal and/or prohibited cargoes*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

 

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

 

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

21. Failure to provide fire extinguisher and required "STOP and GO" signage for use of each vehicle (STS only)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized         

22. Trip cutting (PUJ, PUB, UV) *

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

23. Failure to display fare matrix (PUJ, PUB, UV)*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

24. Failure to display the International Symbol of Accessibility inside the units and/or failure to designate seats specifically for the use of Persons with Disabilities or Failure or refusal to transport PWDs (PUJ, PUB, TTS, UV)

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized

25. Breach of franchise conditions under 2011 Revised Terms and Conditions of CPC not otherwise herein provided.*

1st Offense - fine of P5.000.00

2nd Offense - fine of P10,000.00 and impounding of unit for thirty (30) days

3rd and subsequent Offenses - fine of P15,000.00 and cancellation of CPC where the unit is authorized