The battle to reduce vehicular congestion went to a whole new level yesterday as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) with the support of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) waged on an all-out war against colorum vehicles.

DOTC Joint Administrative Order No. 1 Section IV was strictly implemented yesterday in various parts of Metro Manila including EDSA Heritage Northbound, A. Bonifacio Southbound, Mindanao Avenue Southbound, and Balintawak Southbound.

Almost 200 personnel from the EDSA Special Traffic District, Mobile Patrol Unit, Motorcycle Unit and Towing and Impounding Group were deployed and their efforts resulted in the apprehension of eleven colorum vehicles plying the EDSA route.

One of the drivers caught operating an illegal public utility vehicle (PUV) was Makati City police PO3 Divino de Asis Darwin taking passengers in a colorum van along EDSA Balintawak.

Darwin will face administrative charges if found guilty according to Makati police Deputy Chief for Administration Sr. Supt Alex Pulgar.

“We are determined not only to minimize, but to put a stop to the traffic problems caused by these colorum vehicles, which if left unattended will further cause more headaches to the general public and the authorities,” said MMDA Traffic Discipline Office head Crisanto Saruca.

The Philippine National Police-Airport Security Group (PNP-Avesgroup) did their part of ridding roads leading to NAIA of colorum vehicles by conducting their own operation, also in cooperation with the aforementioned agencies.

“Our job is make sure that there are no obstructions—vehicles parked along the roads. We will just implement existing ordinances and laws,” he added noting that the group will also be coordinating with Pasay police to be in charge of traffic in the baranggay-level,” said PNP-Avesgroup Director General Senior Supt. Mao Aplasca.

Vehicles caught operating without a franchise will be brought to the LTFRB Impounding Area in Taytay, Rizal.

The penalty for colorum vehicles are as follows:

Buses – Php 1,000,000

Vans – Php 200,000

Jeepneys – Php 50,000

Sedan Taxis – Php 120,000

Officials have indicated that the operation will not stop until EDSA is rid of all colorum vehicles.