Colorum public utility vehicles (PUVs) may soon find themselves not only breaking a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regulation but also committing a criminal offense.
This is from a bill recently re-filed by Rep. Jesulito Manalo of ANGKLA Party-list called ‘An act penalizing persons found to be operating or owning motor vehicles identified as colorum, and for the purposes.’
Colorum operation, under the bill, is classified six different ways including a duly registered and franchised unit plying a new route without permit.
The bill levies penalties based on the Joint Administrative Order of the LTFRB and Land Transportation Office (LTO) on the operator or registered owner of the vehicle caught operating in colorum fashion and the amounts depends on the denomination of the PUV.
As a criminal offense, the operator and/or owner is liable under the Revised Penal Code and will be fined no less than Php 200,000 but not more than Php 1 million.
“I am glad that Rep. Jezulito Manalo of Angkla Partylist, a well known transport lawyer has [refiled] his bill. Hopefully this bill becomes a law soonest. This is a holistic approach to finally eradicate the proliferation of colorum operations. While still pending in Congress, it would be best to study or review all existing routes,” said LTFRB board member Atty. Ariel Inton in a statement.