The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to cleanse the public utility vehicle (PUV) ranks of ‘colorum’ units before it even considers the possibility of lifting the Universal Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme in order to increase the number of PUVs that will be available for commuters on a daily basis.
This is the latest proposal coming from new LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III as a way to also reduce the number of private vehicles on the road by convincing motorists to take public transportation.
“There should be more people on the road than cars. Once we remove colorum vehicles, we will consider lifting number coding in public utility vehicles (PUVs),” said LTFRB Chairman Delgra III.
These are all in the preliminary stages of planning for as the Board has yet to coordinate with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and various other related agencies.
The Board is also looking at requesting for assistance from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to track down and stop colorum vehicles from operating.
“We are working inter-agency with other government offices like MMDA, HPG and representatives of AFP so you see some soldiers on the road to go after colorum. With AFP, it will be just like what happened currently wherein we have sought assistance from HPG. They are deputized to enforce LTFRB rules. But details are still being discussed,” added Delgra.