The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) continues its fight to rid Metro Manila of various forms of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) that ply the roads without an official line or ‘colorum’ units that also partly contribute to the traffic congestion.
Size and shape was not a factor for the agency as they went after all types of PUVs in the areas of Balintawak and Cubao in Quezon City, and in Pasay City.
In the three-day operation, 41 ‘colorum’ motorized vehicles were impounded including 28 buses, three Asian utility vehicles (AUVs) and even 10 tricycles that were caught in the Balintawak market area travelling along EDSA which is illegal for three-wheeled vehicles to do.
“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’s Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) head Crisanto Saruca.
Apprehended vehicles were brought to the MMDA’s impounding area in Tumana, Marikina City.
Based on Republic Act 7924, colorum operation carries a fine of Php 6,000, a six-month impoundment and suspension of the driver’s license.
The agency vows to continue anti-colorum operations until there are no more illegal units plying the roads of Metro Manila.