Colorum vehicles have long been a problem in Metro Manila and the rest of the country. Despite numerous measures and penalties implemented by various government agencies, there are still colorum vehicles operating around today. In a bid to finally rid colorum vehicles off the road, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando has one very radical suggestion – set them on fire.

According to a report by GMA News, Nicanor Escalante, president of the Hype Transport Systems has accused Grab for allegedly monopolizing the TNVS market. He said that they have filed a petition against Grab before the LTFRB for allegedly using 22,000 colorum vehicles in their operations. These operators supposedly do not have a provisional authority (PA) or a certificate of public convenience (CPC).

Fernando then suggested this measure in light of the issue of Grab using colorum vehicles. In particular, the former MMDA chairman was reportedly irked when the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said that they were only able to catch 19 of these colorum vehicles.

He recommended the LTFRB start with a 'clean slate' by approving the franchise for all transport companies. A “draconian measure” (setting colorum vehicles on fire) will then be put in place in order to resolve the problem with colorum vehicles.

"Para matigil na lahat ang colorum, bigyan na muna ang lahat. And that will give us political reason to pass a law that will impose that draconian measure. Kapag nahuli kang colorum, wala na yun, sunog," (So we can stop colorum, all [franchises] should be approved for. And that will give us political reason to pass a law that will impose that draconian measure. If you get caught for colorum, your vehicle will be burned) Fernando said.

Source: GMA News